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Kentucky Whiskey Fungus

We’ve posted in the past about Baudoinia, also known as the Kentucky whiskey fungus that grows on buildings near distilleries.   See our previous posts here and here.  This fungus was named and characterized by James Scott from the University of Toronto.  Once people affected by the fungus could pin it on the distilleries, the lawsuits began.   Another story on the topic just came out, with a good description of the science and some nice pictures, “Kentucky’s Whiskey Fungus Problem Is Out of Control”.
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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

3 thoughts on “Kentucky Whiskey Fungus

  1. Ha, “That’s Erin Brockovich dough.”

    Also, I didn’t realize that fungi could affect property values that much despite not having health effects. Or that it can use alcohol vapors to survive, even. This is a really cool bug!

    1. Just had a conversation with a local brewery company about a type of fungus growing at their warehouse in North Carolina. Does anyone know of a safe way to remove this fungus for good?

      They are not sure how to approach cleaning their windows and exterior now that there might be health problems from coming in close contact with it.

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