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fungi. 2017-10-02T11:22:54+00:00

We cannot fathom the marvelous complexity of an organic being; but on the hypothesis here advanced this complexity is much increased. Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.

Charles Darwin

Fungi. Wow, there’s a simple word with an enormous meaning. The fungi are a kingdom of their own in modern phylogenetics. In other words, they are not plants, they are not animals, and they’re even not protists. Yet they are still eukaryotic, which means that they have a cell nucleus [cellkärna] containing their genetic material. The kingdom Fungi includes microorganisms such as yeasts and moulds, as well as the bigger and more well-known mushrooms. They are found basically everywhere, even in my coffee filters, have I forgotten to clean it during a week or so: one of my greatest experiences with my microscope was when I found mould in the ground coffee. Usually, when waking up on a Saturday, one would react with disgust or irritation when finding that particular combination in the coffee machine. I reacted with joy and happiness, as I now had something to view in the microscope which I’ve not viewed before!

The experience was exciting as well, as I started to google motor proteins in fungi, as I observed some movements within the mould. Later, I realised that I should have applied Occam’s Razor instead; it was turbulence from my breathing that caused the small Aspergillus mould to move.  Lesson learned!

I’ve gathered some of my photomicrographs in this album, feel free to browse. If you feel like it, you can leave a comment afterwards!