NFI Lab Sample: 1986 Monte Carlo SS Holley Equipped
The big news this week is that NFI will have two NFI Lab Samples on display with Ro2 Art at the Dallas Art Fair. With over 10,000 visitors in 2015, this year's Dallas Art Fair represents the largest crowd that NFI has been exposed to to date.
The Life Cycle Of Cordyceps Original pencil and walnut ink drawing for the Wobbler's Encyclopedia of Parasitic Fungi
Cordyceps is a genus of fungus that propagates through parasitic behavior. The airborne spores drift down and attach to small insects such as ants, caterpillars, and crickets.
The spore uses an enzyme to melt into the host insect. Then it sends out roots that attach to the central nervous system of the insect, overriding the insects mental and physical functions. Thus impaired, the insect moves in a zombie like fashion, climbing up a plant stem as high as possible where it firmly attaches itself and waits.
The cordyceps spore, which has been feeding off the body fluids of the host insect soon ruptures through the insect's skin and grows into long horn shaped stroma. These stroma develop thousands of fresh spores that are taken up by the wind and silently float back down to the earth, landing on new unsuspecting insects.
The Nomadic Fungi Institute is very excited to be presenting the exhibit The Nature of Cordyceps.
Culled from the NFI's vast collection of archived photographs, drawings, and specimens, the exhibit will focus on the illustration of the parasitic fungus known as Cordyceps, its life cycle and how manipulation by global enterprises could potentially lead to unexpected outcomes.
NFI has a long history of documenting cordyceps because it shares several characteristics with Nomadic Fungi. The similarities between the two species point to a possible link that could help explain the origins of Nomadic Fungi.
On the right is one of the documents that will be on display. It's an early drawing by our founder Mr. Wobbler for his encyclopedia on parasitic fungi. It illustrates a cross section of a Ghost Moth larvae before contact with Cordyceps Sinensis. We have yet to find the after drawing but we'll keep digging.
The opening presentation will be held on the March 18th. The exhibit runs from March 18th through April 22nd. Please contact North Haven Gardens for exact hours of operation.
The Nomadic Fungi Institute has been so busy with research, lab work and preparing samples for the upcoming exhibit at North Haven Gardens in March that we haven't had time to let people know that NFI has been out there doing lots of BIG things.
So, we sent our intern to the Writer's Colony in Eureka Springs with a long To Do List. He'll be digging through a backlog of NFI digital files, posting updates on the NFI Blog and writing text for the North Haven Gardens exhibit.