IMAGES: Molds That Kill

Science  26 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5581, pp. 483
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5581.483e

There is no honor among fungi. You might find this innocuous-looking species of Hypomyces swarming over a mushroom and dissolving its flesh. The Hypomyces Web site delves into the lives of this genus of fungus-eating fungi, profiling the 30 most common species in temperate climates. Brief accounts describe the organisms' ecology and involved life cycles. Hosted by the Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the site also features an interactive key, a gallery, a list of Hypomyces specimens in the National Fungus Collection, and a bibliography. The jargon is dense, which makes the site useful mainly for experts.

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