27/02/2018 Today under the microscope: Molds - useful, harmful ... impressively beautiful!

Small environment, great pictures: Our fascinating micro-world #2

Today in the strucTEM microscopes molds:

Colloquially, molds are a heterogeneous group of filamentous fungi that cover organic substrates with a more or less dense felt. Scientifically, moulds cannot be distinguished from other fungi.

Most moulds lead an inconspicuous existence as saprobions in ecological niches. They are partly used as food refiners, as well as biological sources of antibiotics and medicines. But attention: Moulds can spoil the taste of food and can be harmful to health or fatal due to the secretion of mould toxins (mycotoxins).

The agricultural yield losses caused by mould fungi and the damage to buildings caused by mould infestation are economically significant.

Structure: (source https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schimmelpilz)
"With the microscope it can be seen that the mould consists of numerous fine threads. These mycelia are the actual moulds. They can look whitish, greenish, grey or in a different colour. On the other hand, only the sporangia, which serve for reproduction, are clearly visible. These form an important differentiating characteristic between the individual "species".

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Molds under the light microscope and the scanning electron microscope.© strucTEM 2018

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