Published: January 10th, 2012
Revised: January 10th, 2012
Popular technogeekzine Boing Boing recently picked up on the growing interest in our work on the warehouse staining fungus, Baudoinia compniacensis. This nifty black fungus grows in places where small amounts of alcohol vapour are emitted, like spirit aging warehouses and bakeries. The fungus is interesting because it turns out to be extremely tolerant of periods of very hot and dry conditions. This resistance appears to be triggered by brief exposure to alcohol vapours.