Fungi forum: Slime Molds

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jan 8, 2016 7:31 PM CST
My goodness. I always thought the slime molds were just kinda average...

http://www.livescience.com/803...
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jan 8, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Amazing things out there!!
Donald
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jan 8, 2016 7:43 PM CST
I do agree. and some of them creep. Hilarious!
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 14, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Over in the Compost Forum, someone had something ugly take over their compost heap. We're thinking it's a slime mold.

Anyone want to see it and offer an opinion or cures?


The post:
http://garden.org/thread/view_...

the thread:
The thread "Welcome to the compost forum!" in Soil and Compost forum
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Apr 15, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Some a them come with boffo names like "dog vomit", and other uplifting handles.

free for them in need:
http://need4seed.freeforums.ne...
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 15, 2016 3:07 PM CST
I had lot last year. Check out this thread: The thread "Fungus or mold?" in Fungi forum
Donald
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jul 5, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Ugh. I think it's interesting and all that. I know it has its place in the scheme of things. But not up in the leaves of a daylily fan. Down on the mulch is one thing, but doing what this one is doing is another. I saw a bit growing on the pine bark in this pot last week and I flipped it upside down hoping to retard the growth in the pot. Then I got rain this week. Twice. It's taking revenge on me. I'm sure of it Crying . Normally I like most of the fungus/mold representations - at least visually. Not this time. Here is what I think is slime mold Fuligo septica today. I hope it doesn't try to come after me at night when I'm asleep.
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Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 6, 2017 2:25 PM CST
Nature certainly has an odd sense of humor, Donald. You are correct, Fuligo septica. Both the Myxomycota (slime molds) and the Oomycota (water molds) have been moved to the Kingdom Protista.

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/...

If there is no bloom spike, you can just trim the leaves below the Fuligo and toss the whole mass on the burn pile or in the garbage. Don't toss it on the compost pile or you will have LOTS of Fuligo septica cropping up.

I don't think you have much to be concerned over, unless you are sleeping on a straw mattress... Green Grin!
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Jul 6, 2017 6:59 PM CST
This is a common organism anywhere I have laid mulch, so probably trimming and tossing in the garbage wouldn't noticeably reduce its presence. Already today it looks like soot. I expect there will be clouds of sooty dust from the spores every time I water for a while. I'm used to that. I doubt the daylily will be any worse for the growth. It's too brief. I just haven't had one a couple of inches above the wood mulch before. It's not always welcome in its choice of showing up, but its not anything I get too concerned about either.

This would still be the correct forum for a Protista, wouldn't it?
Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 7, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Absolutely. I think it becomes a matter of "nit-picking" trying to make a special forum each time the taxonomists decide something should be moved. It is still a slime mold and if folks should object, then perhaps Dave could stick the "Protista" kingdom in the forum name....but I wonder how many folks would notice/care if the forum was called Fungi and Protista or Fungi, Protista and whatever else gets bumped from it's original taxon .

I would much rather have a little Fuligo cropping up in my garden mulch than those blasted fire ants....
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Jul 7, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Or in the containers. Fire ants love containers and too often I don't realize they have a colony there when it's time to re-pot something. Hands and forearms are covered instantly. I try to watch ahead of time but sometimes there isn't any surface evidence or I'm simply not thinking of the possibility of their presence and proceed without checking. Aggravating. Yes, slime mold is definitely preferable.
Donald
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 7, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Yup, aggravating and very painful. They are sneaky little beggars, but guess they are developing ways to avoid detection as a survival technique.

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