Penicillium mould on cheddar cheese

Penicillium mould on cheddar cheese

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a piece of English cheddar cheese which has gone mouldy in the refrigerator. The infecting fungus is Penicillium sp. The fungus grows as a mycelium of threads on & within the cheese, sending out branches or conidiophores, which bear from their tips the conidia or fruiting bodies (tuft-like clusters). The conidia resemble beads strung together in a chain. Once ripe, each bead is capable of germinating into a new organism. The colour of the fungus is determined by the conidiophore, which in the case of penicillin is green. The mycelium is colourless. Magnification: X 17 at 35mm size, X 120 at 8x10-inch size.

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Keywords: cheddar cheese, cheese, eumycota, fungal, fungi, fungus, mold, mould, mouldy, mycelium, mycology, nature, naturemycology, penicillium sp., scanning electron micrograph, sem

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