Friday, May 10, 2013

The Grossest Things You Will Breathe on the Subway

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

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Rotting before your eyes.
  • Rotting before your eyes.

Rotting Wood, Mushrooms, Mystery Fungi

Of the myriad "fungal sequences" found in the subway air, most of them were pretty typical, comprised of mushrooms, mildews, plant pathogens, and yeasts. Gross, but not so different from essentially everywhere else on the earth. A good 20 percent of these "had no counterparts" in the outside world, however, and there was an unusually high occurrence of "wood rot fungi," which researchers suspect is a function of wooden track structure. Rotting wooden track structure.

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Virginia K. Smith is the Assistant Editor at The L Magazine and a Bushwick resident. Her profile picture was taken at Summerscreen, because she is a real team player.

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