Gâteau extraordinaire?
    By Robert H Olley | January 3rd 2013 10:49 AM | 7 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    When I saw this this morning, my first impression was one of a cake produced in a television chefs competition.

    But what is it?  Guesses welcome.  I hope to give you the answer by Monday. 



    un fromage que c'est

    A fungus?
    A french cheese where the fungus have gone amok! :-)
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    A toilet roll with a fungus growing on it.
    Santa's chin and beard after Xmas?

    Derek Potter has hit the target. This is from the stand of the National Centre for Biotechnology Education at the ASE 2013 Exhibition.

    You can read about it here: Equipment and materials | Microbiology | Oyster mushroom culture, which states:
    In the Far East, oyster cap mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are cultivated on short lengths of tree trunk. There is, however, no need to go to all this trouble. You just need a toilet roll. Mystified? Then read on...
    There is a link to a downloadable PDF with more detail.
    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    Oyster mushroom mycelium grows very easily from a bit of tissue taken from a fruiting body bought in the supermarket. It's easy to do this at home in semi-sterile conditions (IPA, H2O2 and HEPA ). (it must be easy - I can do it.) I used PDA plates but the fungus is fast-growing and robust and will probably be happy with anything it's given.