Is This A Good Way To Preserve Fungus?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by RPBnimrod, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. RPBnimrod

    RPBnimrod Active Member

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    I am trying a new way to preserve fungus that I thought of: cover them in rubber cement.

    I'm using mushrooms that are slightly dried. This way it keeps a certain amount of flexibility, then I cover them in rubber cement. My dad told me that the mushrooms might rot from the inside. Is he right? Is this a good idea? I have one that's been covered in rubber cement for 2-3 days now, and it seems to be doing fine.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sounds strange to me! Can you post a photo of the result?

    I'd guess research collections of fungi are stored in preservative liquids like formalin or alcohol.
     
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    bjo Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi,

    The commonest way of preserving fungi for scientific purposes is to dry them carefully at a low temperature (usually 60'C = 140'F). However, the result rarely looks anything like the original. Maybe you have come up with a new method !

    To record a fungus, I reckon you are generally best to take several photos and perhaps draw or paint the fungus whilst still fresh.

    Good Luck with your experiment!
    Ciao
    BrianO
     
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    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I too would like to hear how this turns out - there are some mushrooms I'd like to preserve in more of an art sense.
    What sort of mushroom have you tried so far?
    I expect with the moister, thicker types one would risk rot continuing on the protected interior (?), but hopefully the airtightness of the cement would stop most decomposing agents.
    Best wishes for success!
    frog
     
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    Thanks for the support everyone! Heres a photo of the mushroom I chose for the experiment (in the upper right hand corner) before the rubber cement:
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    and here is a picture of it after rubber cement (along with some accidental overcooking on one part and a bit more drying):
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    Sorry about how long I took to post this, my computer's been cluttered and slow today.
     

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