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Greetings, This is my first post to this forum and I'll admit that I didn't search all the FAQs first. I have several pictures and questions to go along with them.
Picture 1: Solid growth on cake
One of my cakes had a growth on it. I took a picture a while ago but decided to ditch the cake. Any idea what caused the growth?
Picture 2: Wispy mycelial mass on cake
This cake grew a bunch of what looks like strandy mycelium and thin shrooms in one area. I read that too much or little moisture could cause something like this but couldn't find any pictures to compare to my cake. The cake was in a chamber with six others and its the only one that reacted this way. What's the problem here?
Picture 3: Dead zone with purple powder
This cake developed a dead zone soon after birthing and looks like it might have some sort of mold on it. I left it in the chamber for quite a while but decided to remove it today. What was the contaminant and what is the best way to deal with it?
Well, it's somehow hard to tell about the kind of contaminants you were dealing with. You'll have to perform a microscopic analysis. Anyway, molds like the one on the third pic can be dangerous sometimes, so wear a mask and toss them ASAP, as there is no procedure worth using to save it IMHO. I wouldn't worry too much about wispy mycelium. I believe it happens due to high humidity. Normally it means you have to fan more.
MAIA is right about your third pic! There is a mold that has characteristics which are displayed in that pic that can enter your body through breaks in the skin and cause a type of menengitis. SO JUST PUT SOME GLOVES ON AND CAREFULLY DISPOSE OF IT! **I am certainly not any kind of microbiologist or anything so this info is just from things that I have read in my research of contams on fungi substrate so dont freak out or anything,just please be carefull with any contam and never assume that they are harmless. As MAIA said most of these contams can only be possitively ID'd with a microscope and a very trained observer.**
As I said I'm not trying to scare you I just want to make sure that you use due caution and dont get sick because you dont know any better.