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What's invading these houseplants?

Posted by lizm New York (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 19, 10 at 19:33

hi, my friend is not a gardenweb member - she asked me to post these pictures. These threadlike objects/creatures have invaded her houseplants, and she has even found a cluster of them on her shower curtain! any ideas what they are? a fungus?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sallybowles/sets/72157624414246051/detail/

or

http://tinyurl.com/2a8dtt7

Thanks!!


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RE: What's invading these houseplants?

At first I thought this weird-looking thing was a seed. I found a virus that looks similar called Crinivirus virion. Google the name. Toni


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RE: What's invading these houseplants?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 21, 10 at 16:50

I wouldn't worry too much about the companion fungi. Plants ignore, tolerate, and form symbiotic relationships with thousands and thousands of species of fungi, with only a few being detrimental. While we may not know what type of fungus it is, we do know it's not a virus. Viruses are much smaller even than bacteria, & an electron microscope is the tool of choice for observing them.

Al


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