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Mushroom Growing 4 You

This ebook from Jake White, Certified Mushroom Grower, teaches you how to grow your own mushrooms in your backyard! Since you were a kid, you have probably been told to never eat wild mushrooms But what if you had a way to grow your own wonderful-tasting mushrooms? Wouldn't that taste so much better than bland, grocery store mushrooms? Food that you grow in your own backyard tastes so much better than food from the store. Mushrooms from the store can actually be very dangerous They are as absorbent as sponges. When farmers spray pesticides all over them, they absorb every little drop. Eating store-bought mushrooms is like buying a box full of poison. Jake White can teach you how to easily grow all of the mushrooms that you want, of any kind! Learn how to grow amazing tasting mushrooms that do not have any of the bad drugs on them that store bought ones will! Continue reading...

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Mushroom Life Cycle

Life Cycle The Ustilago Scitaminea

A description of a typical basidium was given in the introductory comments of this chapter but neither the rusts nor the smuts generate the typical form of basidium. Rusts and smuts belong to a subclass called Heterobasidiomycetidae, in which basidia commonly arise from thick-walled resting spores and divide into cells. The subclass Homobasidiomycetidae includes mushrooms, puffballs, and bracket fungi, which produce club-shaped, nonseptate basidia. Coprinus, a common gill fungus, is representative of this subclass. It has two kinds of spores plus and minus. A spore resting on an appropriate soil will produce an extensive, monokaryotic mycelium. When this mycelium makes contact with another monokaryotic mycelium of a mating type (for example, a plus mycelium makes contact with a minus mycelium), a union will occur that results in a dikaryotic condition. The plus and minus nuclei are associated in the same cell but are not fused at this time. The mycelium produces fruiting bodies called...

Matter and Energy Cycles

These cycles also govern the transport of toxic substances within a system. It took many years before it was realized that persistent pesticides such as DDT would eventually be concentrated in top predators, such as raptors. The decline in populations of birds of prey because of reproductive failure caused by dDt was a consequence of the transport of the chemical through ecosystem food webs. Likewise, radionucleides from the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor have become concentrated in certain components of the ecosystems where they were deposited. This is particularly true of fungi, which take radionucleides and heavy metals from their food sources but do not shed the substances. Humans eating mushrooms from these forests can receive larger than expected doses of radiation, because the concentration in the fungi

Amino Acids Peptides And Proteins

What is most remarkable is that cells can produce proteins with strikingly different properties and activities by joining the same 20 amino acids in many different combinations and sequences. From these building blocks different organisms can make such widely diverse products as enzymes, hormones, antibodies, transporters, muscle fibers, the lens protein of the eye, feathers, spider webs, rhinoceros horn, milk proteins, antibiotics, mushroom poisons, and myriad other substances having distinct biological activities (Fig. 3-1). Among these protein products, the enzymes are the most varied and specialized. Virtually all cellular reactions are catalyzed by enzymes.

Atypical Food Poisoning Outbreaks Thermally Processed Food

In 1989, multiple staphylococcal foodborne diseases were associated with the consumption of canned mushrooms and abdominal cramps. Nine people were hospitalized. Canned mushrooms served with omelets and hamburgers were associated with illness. No deficiencies in food handling were found. Staphylococcal enterotoxin type A was identified in a sample of implicated mushrooms from the omelet bar and in unopened cans from the same lot. 2. Queens, New York On February 28, 48 people became ill a median of 3 hours after eating lunch in a hospital employee cafeteria. One person was hospitalized. Canned mushrooms served at the salad bar were epidemiologically implicated. Two unopened cans of mushrooms from the same lot as the implicated can contained staphylococcal enterotoxin A. 3. McKeesport, Pennsylvania On April 17,12 people became ill with gastroenteritis a median of 2 hours after eating lunch or dinner at a restaurant. Two people were hospitalized. Canned mushrooms, consumed on pizza or...

Toxin Identification in Foods

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken regulatory action on staphylococcal enterotoxin-contaminated thermally processed foods. In 1982 thermally processed infant formula was incriminated in foodborne illness, and in 1989 mushrooms that received a higher than normal thermal treatment as a means of product preservation were implicated in staphylococcal foodborne illnesses (29). In the food-poisoning episodes involving canned mushrooms, analysis of the product initially proved serologically negative, although there was a retention in toxicological activity in individuals who consumed the product, as indicated by symptoms that were consistent with staphylococcal intoxication. To determine the disparity between serological inactivity and human intoxication, studies were conducted to better understand the kinetics of thermal stress on the enterotoxin protein. In these experimental studies, it was determined that the enterotoxin underwent conformational...

Foodborne Botulism Regional Variation

Ham, mushrooms Fermented soy beans Fermented fish Cervelas, thick pork sausage akin to mortadella, caused an outbreak of 60 cases of type E botulism in Madagascar (75), while ham caused smaller outbreaks in France (8), the former Soviet Union (76), and Argentina (77). Type E botulism due to neurotoxigenic C. butyricum was first described in Italian infant botulism cases (24), for whom the source of spores was not identified. An outbreak of type E botulism in eastern China in 1994 was caused by a paste of fermented soybeans and winter melon contaminated with C. butyricum (12,78). Investigation of this outbreak led to the discovery that two prior outbreaks in China of type E botulism due to fermented soybeans were caused by C. butyricum (12). Gram (legume) flour was the source of toxigenic C. butyricum implicated in a 1996 outbreak of botulism in India (13). The only type E botulism outbreak in the United States not associated with aquatic foods occurred in California in 1941 (79)....

Distribution of Spores in Foods

Raw products are naturally contaminated with C. botulinum. Several studies have demonstrated that this organism is ubiquitous in soil. The factors determining type distribution are as yet unclear (62). Organic fertilizers of animal origin and sewage sediments contribute to soil contamination (154). It is therefore not surprising that foods of vegetable origin are contaminated with this microorganism. C. botulinum spores, generally types A and B, have been detected in red capsicum, apricots (155), carrots, onions (156), potatoes, parsley, spinach (157), garlic (158), cabbages (159), and cultivated mushrooms (160,161). Spore numbers in mushrooms range from

Acetylcholine as a Neurotransmitter

The stimulatory effect of ACh on skeletal muscle cells is produced by the binding of ACh to nico-tinic ACh receptors, so named because they can also be activated by nicotine. Effects of ACh on other cells occur when ACh binds to muscarinic ACh receptors these effects can also be produced by muscarine (a drug derived from certain poisonous mushrooms).

Spine Anatomy And Biochemical Compartmentalization

CA1 dendritic tree in this picture is caused by the abundance of small dendritic spines protruding at right angles to the dendritic shaft. Almost all (about 95 ) of the Schaffer-collateral synapses we have been discussing in the abstract are actually physically present at spines. Most spines have a fairly simple elongated mushroom-like (i.e., chicken drumstick) shape, although there is clearly great diversity of their morphology. For example, a low percentage (about 2 ) of CA1 pyramidal neuron spines are bifurcated and actually have two synapses on them. Spines have an actin-based cytoskeleton, and most have both smooth endoplasmic reticulum that can contribute to local calcium release and polyribosomes where local protein synthesis occurs. In hippocam-pal pyramidal neurons microtubules and mitochondria are limited to the dendritic shaft. FIGURE 10 Dendrites with spines in a hippocampal pyramidal neuron. This figure illustrates the presence and shapes of dendritic spines on pyramidal...

Some Learning Goals

The word fungus may evoke images of mushrooms or some sort of powdery or spongy, creeping growth. Although mushrooms are indeed fungi, and while many fungi do appear to be creeping along the ground, the forms of fungi seem almost infinite. There are about 100,000 known species of mushrooms, rusts, smuts, mildews, molds, stinkhorns, puffballs, truffles, and other organisms in Kingdom Fungi, and over 1,000 new species are described each year. There may be as many as 1.5 million species yet undiscovered or unde-scribed, and our daily ravaging of rain forests and other fungal habitats undoubtedly is dooming many species to extinction before they can be found.

Human and Ecological Relevance of the Club Fungi

Of the approximately 25,000 described species of club fungi, fewer than 75 are known to be poisonous. Many of the latter are, however, common and not readily distinguishable by amateurs from edible species. Also, some edible forms, such as the inky cap mushrooms, cause no problems by themselves but may make one very ill if consumed with alcohol. Few of the poisonous forms normally are fatal, but unfortunately, some such as Amanita spp., which cause 90 of the fatalities attributed to mushroom poisoning are relatively common. In the late 1950s there were claims that administration of alpha lipoic acid (thioctic acid) in a few instances prevented a fatality, but subsequent research has failed to substantiate the claims. In Europe, injections of silibinin and silymarin (extracts of milk thistle Silybum marianum) do appear to have been at least partially effective as antidotes. Oral forms of silymarin are available in North America, but they are much less effective than the injectable...

Properties of Orthomyxoviridae

(NP) enclosing a segmented RNA genome associated with an RNA polymerase (P) complex (PA, PB1, PB2). The envelope is lined on the inside by matrix protein (Ml) and is spanned by a small number of ion channels composed of tetramers of protein M2. There are two kinds of peplomers rod-shaped hemagglutinin (HA or H) molecules, which are homotrimers of a class I membrane glycoprotein (amino-terminal signal sequence, carboxyl-terminal hydrophobic transmembrane anchor), and mushroom-shaped neuraminidase (NA or N) molecules, which are tetramers of a class II membrane protein (N-terminal membrane anchor) (see Fig. 1-2C,D).

The Nonanimal Kingdoms

The four other kingdoms of living things and the common names given to their most important phyla are Protoctista (algae, protozoa, slime molds), Fungi (mushrooms, molds, lichens), Animalia (sponges, jellyfish, flatworms, ribbon worms, rotifers, spiny-headed worms, parasitic nematodes, horsehair worms, mollusks, priapu-lid worms, spoon worms, earthworms, tongue worms, velvet worms, insects, beard worms, starfish, arrowworms, and chordates), and Plantae (mosses, ferns, and pine-bearing and flowering plants). Phyla are based on similarities in evolutionary development. Life-forms are divided into ninety-two phyla There are seventeen phyla in the kingdom Prokaryotae twenty-seven in Protoctista five in Fungi thirty-three in Animalia, and ten in Plantae. Each phylum is divided into classes, then orders, families, genera (the singular form is genus), and finally, species. The last two divisions are based on the most recent evolutionary differences. Some phyla have only a few genera and...

Movements Resulting from External Stimuli

Coleus Plant Placed Side

Different intensities of light may bring about different phototropic responses. In Bermuda grass, for example, the stems tend to grow upright in the shade and parallel with the ground in the sun. In other plants, such as the European rock rose, which grows among rocks or on walls, the flowers are positively phototropic, but once they are fertilized, they become negatively phototropic. As the pedicels (stalks) elongate, the developing fruits are buried in cracks and crevices, where the seeds then may germinate. Phototropic responses are not confined to flowering plants. A number of mushrooms, for example, show marked positive responses to light, and certain fungi that grow on horse dung have striking phototropic movements, which are discussed in Chapter 19.

Human and Ecological Relevance of the Sac Fungi

Ergot Fungus Life Cycle

Morels, which some people have called the world's most delicious mushrooms, and truffles have been prized as food for centuries. Most mushrooms are, however, included in the club fungi discussed in the next section Phylum Basidiomycota The Basidiomycetes (Club Fungi). Wealthy Romans and Greeks used to insist on preparing morels personally according to various recipes they had concocted, and they are still prized as gourmet food today. Prior to 1982, numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to cultivate them under controlled conditions, but morels now can be mass-produced commercially and are presently being marketed. Morels (Fig. 19.10) are tan in color and have a spongelike, somewhat cone-shaped top on a stalk that resembles a miniature tree trunk. The numerous depressions between the ridges each contain thousands of asci. Although well-cooked morels are perfectly edible by themselves, some persons have become ill after consuming undercooked specimens or consuming them with alcohol....

Phylum Myxomycota The Plasmodial Slime Molds

Stemonitis Reproductive Stage

Plasmodia are often white, but they also may be brilliantly colored in shades of yellow, orange, pink, blue, violet, or black. A few are colorless and more or less transparent. Plasmodia are found on damp forest debris, under logs, on old shelf or bracket fungi, sometimes on older mushrooms, and in other moist places where there is

Classic Herniated Nucleus Pulposus HNP

Scan Hernia Nukleus Pulposus

It is now clear that perhaps the most definitive procedure for selecting patients for APLD is the computed tomography (CT) discogram. This procedure demonstrates complete tears of the annulus and posterior longitudinal ligament (Figure 8.2), indicated by free flow of contrast medium into the epidural space, thus indicating the herniations that are extruded. A CT discogram also allows the assessment of the size of the rent in the annulus that is communicating with the hernia-tion. Castro et al.11 have shown this to be valuable information. When the rent is narrow, which gives a mushroom effect to the herniation, it is naturally more difficult to transmit a pressure difference through such an annular tear. The result of the procedure is then in doubt a 50 success rate is reported in patients with this finding. When the neck of the herniation is wide (Figure 8.3), with room for transmission of the pressure difference or actual retraction of the herniation back through the rent in the...

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Life Cycle Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Or white rot fungus, which is found commonly on dead trees and wood fragments on the forest floor. To date, white rot fungus is the only basidomycete (mushroom-forming fungus) that has had its genome sequenced (Martinez et al. 2004). White rot owes its name to the fact that the fungus 'bleaches' wood by degrading the (brown-coloured) lignin, rendering the white cellulose visible. Lignin forms protective sheaths around cellulose fibrils in plant cell walls. The biodegradation of lignin by white rot is supported by unique extracellular oxidative enzymes (peroxidases and oxidases) that act non-specifically via the generation of free radicals attacking the lignin molecule. There are many other ecologically important fungi commonly found on dead organic material that contribute to processing of organic matter and cycling of nutrients in natural ecosystems (Aspergillus, Trichoderma, Cladosporium, Morteriella), but their genomes have yet to be sequenced.

Distinctions Between Kingdoms Protista And Fungi

Kingdom Protista And Fungi

The members of Kingdom Fungi are placed in five phyla. With the exception of some chytrids and all yeasts, they are filamentous. Most, but not all, fungi lack motile cells. Filamentous fungi produce hyphae that grow at their tips. Structures such as mushrooms are formed from hyphae tightly interwoven and packed together. The cell walls of true fungi consist primarily of chitin, a material also found in the shells of arthropods (e.g., insects, crabs). Fungi exhibit a variety of forms of sexual reproduction. The food substances that most fungi absorb through their cell walls are often broken down with the aid of enzymes secreted to the outside by the cells. Because of the great variety of form and reproduction throughout Kingdom Fungi, a neat pigeonholing of all the members into distinct groups is difficult. Broad groups can, however, be recognized.

Mucocele Of Paranasal Sinuses

Fracture Anterior Cranial Fossa Acf

Recurrent adenoid cystic carcinoma, left maxillary sinus was the primary site, Gd-enhanced GE-T1 sequences. Galea capitis (1) and temporal muscle (2) invasion. The intracranial mass arises from spread through the greater wing of the left sphenoid black arrows in (a) . Intracranial intradural spread exhibits a mushroom-like appearance. Double layer enhancement along the inner surface of the temporal and parietal bones (3) may be correlated to dural spread (it does not extend into the sulci), the more hyperin-tense layer abutting brain tissue, and to sub-periosteal spread, the less hyperintense layer closer to the bone. Intra-diploic enhancement is present compare abnormal (4) to normal (5) diploic signal. Bone is clearly invaded at the temporal fossa (6). A cyst-like mass is demonstrated on the posterior aspect of the intracranial tumor (7)

The Multicellular Kingdoms

Fungi (mushrooms and their relatives) possess cell walls like plants, but unlike plants, they lack chlorophyll. Although fungi appear plantlike, they cannot produce their own food because of the absence of chlorophyll, so they must feed by ingesting organic material and therefore are consumers. Because they are neither plants nor animals, the fungi are placed in a separate kingdom (Fungi).

Phylum Ascomycota The Ascomycetes Sac Fungi

Pilobolus Mycelium

Truffles are gourmet mushrooms, which grow mostly between 2.5 and 15 centimeters (1 and 6 inches) beneath the surface of the ground, usually near oak trees. They are somewhat prunelike in appearance and may be more than 10 centimeters (4 inches) in diameter, although most are smaller. They give off a tantalizing aroma that has been shown to contain pig sex pheromones (chemicals that produce specific responses). Pigs can detect truffles a meter (3 feet) below the surface and more than 15 meters (50 feet) away. The animals, in an attempt to get to them, strain at the ropes that are tied around their necks. The owners dig up the truffles, which were selling in the United States in 2001 for about 300 a pound, and reward the pigs with acorns or

The Basidiomycetes Club Fungi

Asexual Reproduction Plants

Stinkhorns are interesting but relatively unimportant representatives of another large phylum of true fungi, the basidiomycetes (club fungi). Other members of this phylum include mushrooms (Fig. 19.14A), or toadstools (the only distinctions between mushrooms and toadstools are based on folklore or tradition, with edible species being called mushrooms

Cycle Of Flowering Plants

Corn Fungus Cells

A common Russula mushroom. B. Earth stars (Geastrum sp.) C. A shelf or bracket fungus (Phacolus). (B. Courtesy Perry J. Reynolds C. Courtesy Richard Critchfield) Sexual reproduction in many club fungi mushrooms begins in the same way as it does for members of the two fungal phyla previously discussed. When a spore lands in a suitable place often an area with good organic material and humus in the soil it germinates and produces a mycelium just beneath the surface. The hyphae of the mycelium are divided into cells that each contain a single haploid nucleus. Such a mycelium is said to be monokaryotic. Monokaryotic mycelia of club fungi often occur in four mating types, usually designated simply as types 1, 2, 3, and 4. Only types 1 and 3, or types 2 and 4, can mate with each other. mass called a button. This pushes above the surface and expands into a basidioma (formerly known as a basidio-carp), commonly called a mushroom (Fig. 19.16). Most mushrooms have an expanded...

Salamanders And Newts

Spermatophore a tiny, mushroomlike structure deposited by a male salamander for transferring sperm to a female during courtship Primitive families of salamanders deposit eggs in water and have aquatic larvae. Other families of salamanders are unique among amphibians in producing a spermatophore for the transfer of sperm from the male to the female. The sper-matophore is a gelatinous structure with a sperm cap resembling a tiny mushroom. The spermato-phore is transferred from the male to the female in an elaborate courtship ritual. In some species, the

Scientific Name Uses

Mushrooms Fruits of the red mulberry (M. rubra) are used raw and in pies and jellies fruits of white mulberry (M. alba) edible but insipid Utmost caution should be exercised in identifying mushrooms before consuming them although poisonous species are in the minority, they are common enough edible forms that are relatively easy to identify include morels (Morchella esculenta), most puffballs (Lycoperdon spp.), and inky cap mushrooms (Coprinus spp.)

Biological Control Potentials

Predatory nematodes like Seinura paynei have been recovered from mushroom substrates feeding on free living nematodes e.g., Acrobeloides and Bursilla (Grewal, Siddiqi, & Atkey, 1991). The widespread distribution of Seinura and their feeding on nematodes in mushroom substrates suggest that these predators may also control populations of Aphelenchoides, parasitic on mushrooms (Grewal et al., 1991). However, more studies are needed to understand true predatory potential of aphelenchid species.


Earlier, the concept of steric stabilization was applied in this laboratory to successfully control lymphatic uptake and lymph node localization of interstitially injected model polystyrene nanoparticles of 40 to 60 nm in size (14,15). For steric stabilization, ethylene oxide propylene oxide-based copolymers (poloxamers and poloxamines) were used. The transport efficiency into lymphatic capillaries and the extent of particle uptake by lymph node macrophages was dependent on the density and the molecular architecture of the surface-exposed ethylene oxide chains (15). Thus, by careful surface manipulation, 40 of the injected dose of nanospheres was delivered to macrophages in the regional lymph nodes within six hours of administration (15). Because surface modification with ethylene oxide-based copoly-mers modulated the lymphatic fate and distribution of interstitially injected model polystyrene particles, an attempt was directed to translate these finding to liposome engineering with...

Bird Courtship

For the most part, the males and females live apart from each other during the course of the year. Only during mating season do the males gather together and compete for females. Each male bird creates a clearing on the forest floor that becomes his playing field. This is where he tries to entice and lure the females. The bird will arrange rocks, shells, colorful fruits and berries, flowers, and inanimate articles such as pieces of glass or other interesting manmade items. In some species, the males will construct different types of forms and structures. Some of these birds erect what look like upright poles of sticks around a tree trunk that are embellished with colorful flowers, mushrooms, lichens, and other objects.


Infectious diseases that spread through food, so-called foodborne illnesses, are a common, distressing, and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people in the United States and around the world (Headrick and Tollefson, 1998). Foodborne disease is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods, creating many different foodborne infections (Ryan et al., 1996). More than 250 different foodborne diseases have been described, with most of these diseases being infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites (Baird-Parker, 1994). Other diseases are caused by poisonous elements in the form of harmful toxins (Notermans and Wernars, 1991 Notermans and Tatini 1993) or chemicals that have contaminated the food, for example, poisonous mushrooms. These varying diseases have many different symptoms, meaning that there is no one syndrome that can be described as foodborne illness. The...

Natural Selection

Many living organisms produce enormous quantities of reproductive cells or offspring. For example, a single maple tree produces thousands of seeds each year, most being capable of becoming a new tree. A single mushroom can produce millions of spores, each with the potential to become a new mushroom-bearing fungus.

Ecology and Habitats

Because of their absorptive, heterotrophic mode of acquiring nutrients, fungi are important members of the decomposer community in ecosystems. Because fungi break down dead organic matter (that is, because they live as saprophytes), they simultaneously release nutrients that are taken up by other members of their ecosystem. Fungi exist in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Because the sapro-phytic fungi grow in a radial fashion from a point of origin, the mushroom types of fungi sometimes form so-called fairy rings At the advancing edge of the mycelia, mushroom fruiting bodies appear in the shape of an irregular ring. One mass of myce-lia, for example, became so large that it occupied

The Basidiomycetes

He Basidiomycetes are the club fungi, so-called because the J& Notes sexual spores, called basidiospores, are borne on a club-shaped hypha, called the basidium. The typical number of basidiospores is four. Basidiomycetes includes mushrooms, toadstools, mildews, molds, smuts, rusts, puffballs, earth stars, bracket fungi, jelly fungi, bird's nest fungi, and stinkhorns. Approximately 100,000 species have been described and perhaps twice that number await discovery. The class is divided into two subclasses, one of which includes the rusts and smuts, and the other of which includes the mushrooms, bracket fungi, and puffballs. The hyphae are septate but with a remaining central pore, which makes a continuous channel for cytoplasm between adjacent cells. The mycelium, which forms after the sexual cycle, is typically binucleated. Nuclear fusion occurs just prior to the formation of basidiospores, which are produced by meiotic divisions.

Foodborne Outbreaks

C. jejuni and C. coli colonize domestic poultry with particular ease. At least 60 of chickens sold in stores are contaminated with campylobacters, and broiler chickens are thought to cause about 50-70 of human infections in developed countries. Eating undercooked chicken appears to be the most common cause of C. jejuni infection. However, red meat can also be contaminated (Blaser, 2000). Eating barbequed pork or sausages also can cause infection (Kapperud et al., 1992). Raw or poorly cooked fish, shellfish, and mushrooms can also lead to infection (Harris et al., 1986

Eukaryotic Cells

Electron Microscope Eukaryotic Cells

Fungi include such organisms as smuts, rusts, molds, and mushrooms. Fungal cells have external cell walls and because of this have often been included in the study of plants. However, fungal cell walls have a completely different structure and composition from those of plant cell walls, and fungi lack plastids and photosynthetic pigments. Fungi represent a unique evolutionary line. They too, however, tend to be studied in botany courses, even though they are not plants.

Viral Morphology

Morphology Virus

Fig. 1-2 Features of virion structure, exemplified by adenovirus (A), tobacco mosaic virus (B), and influenza A virus (C, D). (A) Icosahedral shucture of an adenovirus virion All hexon capsomers are trimors of I hi- same polypeptide, distinguished as penpentonal or gioup of nine by their location in I ho capsid. The ponton base is a penlamer of another polypeptide, the frbci is a tnmer of a third polypeptide (13) The structure of helical nudeocapsids was first elucidated by sludies of a nonenveloped plant virus, tobacco mosaic virus, but the principles apply to animal viruses with helical nucleocapsids, all ol which are enveloped In tobacco mosaic vims, a single polypeptide forms a capsomer, and 7130 capsomers assemble in a helix The f kb RNA genome fits m a groove on llie inner part of each capsomer, and is wound to form a helix which extends the length of the virion. (C) Structure of virion of influenza A virus All animal viruses with a helical nucleocapsid and some of those with an...

Morels and Truffles

Although most mushrooms used as food belong to Basidiomycetes, several belong to Ascomycetes. Such is the case with morels and truffles. Morchella esculenta is highly regarded for its delicate flavor. These mushrooms have been esteemed since ancient times. Plutarch (c. 46-after 119) thought they were produced by thunder. Eating them can present certain hazards, however. Specifically, some people have been adversely affected when consuming morels along with alcoholic beverage. The fruiting bodies of morels are not like those of most ascomycetes. Rather than being cup- or saucer-shaped, the apothecium appears to be turned inside out, with the asci borne in depressions on the surface of a cap. Morels have not been successfully grown commercially. Truffles produce fruiting bodies underground. While these mushrooms are a highly regarded delicacy, special skills are required to locate them. The unmatched experts for locating them are dogs and pigs trained to detect the mushrooms by odor....


Other cholinergic receptors are stimulated not only by acetylcholine but by the mushroom poison mus-carine therefore, they are called muscarinic receptors. These receptors couple with G proteins, which then alter the activity of a number of different enzymes and ion channels.


As mentioned above, cholesterol is, by far, the most important sterol in mammalian tissues. So far as plants and algae are concerned, the major structures are sitosterol ( 70 ), stigmasterol ( 20 ), campesterol ( 5 ) and cholesterol ( 5 ). Yeasts can accumulate large amounts of sterols (up to 10 of the dry weight) and phycomycetes contain almost exclusively ergosterol. This compound is the major sterol of other yeasts and mushrooms except the rust fungi in which it is absent and replaced by various C29 sterols. With very few exceptions, sterols are absent from bacteria.

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