“Fungal Christmas tree: Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.”
Scientists at the fungal research room at J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland grew some holiday-themed fungal creations.
“Fungal snowman: Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya fischeri.”
“‘Twas the night before Christmas” by Stephanie Mounaud:
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the building
All our creatures were stirring, even our mold;
The dishes were placed in the incubator with prayer,
In hopes that pure growth soon would be there;
The scientists were nestled all close to their screens instead
While swirls of DNA danced in their heads;
My coworker in her labcoat, and I with my pipettor,
Had just settled down for a long overnighter,
When out in the lab there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my microscope to see what was the matter.
Away to the incubator I flew like a flash,
Tore open the doors then saw what was trash.
When, what to my tired red eyes should appear,
But a bunch of contaminated plates, there goes my career.