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Feast Your Eyes: Whisky's Mycological Microparadise

How a conspicuous black growth revealed the hidden world of extreme urban fungi.


Even the cleanest distilleries in the world can have mysterious black stains on their walls. In Lakeshore, Ontario, when Canadian Club began receiving complaints about stains inhabiting the walls and roofs of neighboring homes, mycologists went looking for answers.

What they found was incredible. The escaping alcohol vapors, or the "angels’ share" of whisky that's lost to evaporation, played host to a previously undiscovered fungi, Baudoinia compniacensis. Adam Rogers writes in this month’s Wired magazine:

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