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The Alaskan Goo demystified

Another delightful well written piece by Jennifer Frazer in her SciAm blog. She presents a solution to a unknown fungus that showed up as a blanket of orange spores in the water near the town of Kivalina, Alaska. “Mystery of Alaskan “Goo” Rust Solved at Last”. Jennifer writes that the rust spores are from:

Spruce-Labrador Tea Needle RustChrysomyxa ledicola, a parasite of both spruce trees and arhododendron — a flowering woody shrub common to conifer understories the world over — called Labrador Tea.

 

Orange goo is in fact rust spores in Alaska waters

Previously incorrectly identified as eggs, the ‘orange goo’ floating off the shore of a small Alaskan village has now been identified as a rust fungus.

If they had known that a hoard of Mycologists were descending on Alaska for our annual meeting!  I guess the exact identification is still being determined by NOAA labs – hope they can PCR ITS up and figure it out (and maybe save a culture for deposition somewhere).

(Thanks to Blake Billmyre for passing along the story)