New Fungi and Myxomycetes in Urban Environments: Use of Live Tree Bark Moist Chamber Cultures
“New Fungi and Myxomycetes in Urban Environments: Use of Live Tree Bark Moist Chamber Cultures”
A (Virtual) Lunchtime Lecture by Ashley Bordelon (BRIT), with Harold W. Keller (BRIT)
New, rare fungi and myxomycetes were found on large, mature trees on the FWBG | BRIT campus, residential areas, and nature parks throughout Tarrant County. Through use of simple moist chamber techniques of live tree bark samples, many life forms previously unknown were discovered. Most myxomycete species are tiny and undetectable in nature with the naked eye and only observed with a microscope. Even tree bark crystals of unknown origin, composition, and variable shapes were documented for the first time. These discoveries were previously overlooked or understudied, and more research will help preserve these habitats. This ongoing study welcomes others in the Fort Worth community to join the Fungi, Myxomycetes, and Trees Research Team in search of more exciting discoveries of life forms on live urban trees.
This virtual lecture will be broadcast using the Zoom platform.
Lecture includes a chat-based Q&A with the speaker. Click here to view the recorded lecture.