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Spores from the Sulphur Tuft Mushroom

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Went for a walk down Attenborough Nature Reserve with my dog Nelson the other day and by one of the brooks I noticed a clump of Sulphur Tuft mushrooms  attached to a dead tree trunk. They are poisonous so I wore some gloves and carefully placed them in my container.


Back home I cut a section off and rubbed the gills onto a microscope slide and without adding water placed a coverslip on.


What I surprised at was the amount of what presume is bacteria floating around amoungst the spores, remember these were dry mounted so no water involved.


Taken in phase contrast at 400X



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