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Patterned birch

Observed: 14th January 2011 By: raikesraikes’s reputation in Plantsraikes’s reputation in Plantsraikes’s reputation in Plants
DSC00286 spalted
Description:

Hope its OK to post here? birch found on park in leaf litter, poss been there for a few months. dark lines and lighter areas show more on turned wood, think these are formed when a fungus starts the rotting process.Would like to encourage this in my woodstore. Do members of ISPOT have any ideas where to start please?

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Silver Birch (Betula pendula) interacts

Comments

Jonathan's picture

Yes, of course, this is an

Yes, of course, this is an interesting post. Not so much an eggcup (?) as an illustration of a biological interaction. Someone who knows more about wood rotting fungi than I do should comment, but I think that the dark lines indicate where two fungal colonies meet and interact with each other. Have I got this right?

An afterthought: Maybe this should be classified under fungi, not plants, to get the attention of the people who could help you most?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

everslick's picture

did you turn this yourself

did you turn this yourself raikes? its beautiful.

Laurie

raikes's picture

yes and thanks. I do a little

yes and thanks. I do a little turning on my good days

everslick's picture

fab

wow! I've been planning on making a pole lathe. Ill get round to it eventually. I do hand carving at the moment. Take a look:

http://laurie.nickpomeroy.co.uk/

Laurie

cricketmoth's picture

patterned birch

These kind of markings are generally referred to as spalting.In this case spalted birch.

cricketmoth

raikes's picture

I have placed three goblet

I have placed three goblet sized logs in a bin liner with the shavings from goblet in photo with leaf litter and half a can of John Smiths, Put bin liner in warmest part of shed I will check progress twice a month [fingers crossed it may work] Will post on ISPOT if it works

Jonathan's picture

Interesting recipe! Half a

Interesting recipe! Half a can of John Smiths?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

raikes's picture

Hoping yeast in beer helps

Hoping yeast in beer helps with fungal growth. Paul.