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Black Slime?

Postby William » 22 Apr 2011, 18:36

The story's appearing in a number of places now, but this is as good a place as any.

http://swns.com/mysterious-black-slime- ... 90935.html
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Postby Mark C » 22 Apr 2011, 18:45

A tree beside the warehouses at Jura.

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It's common knowledge that this fungus grows on warehouse walls and other things close by. I'm not sure how far it can spread, though.
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby MacDeffe » 22 Apr 2011, 19:04

I have a hard time believing that article, and the fact the Diageo has denials about the effects of fungus from Alcoholic vapours. I think the article was tabloid journalism. I've never heard any guides from Diageo deny this

I have visitied quite a few distilleries and the fungus doesnt seem to be pressent far from the distillery, just in the immediate vicinity

I never really measured the distance, but I don't recall this going further than 50 meters

Often the buildings are cleaned from this fungus, but its notable on trees

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PS this is from Aberlour
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby olikli » 22 Apr 2011, 19:18

Actually this is Baudoinia Compniacensis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudoinia_compniacensis

The stuff mentioned on the Aberlour sign only grows in cellars
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Postby Mark C » 22 Apr 2011, 19:22

From Wikipedia:

Baudoinia compniacensis or Angels' Share fungus is an ascomycete fungus found on a wide range of substrates in the vicinity of distilleries, spirits maturation facilities, and large bakeries.


Maybe that's where it comes from in the places that there are no distilleries mentioned in the first article?
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby olikli » 22 Apr 2011, 19:26

It's pretty obvious that this fungus must have been around long before any distilleries were built. Certainly not a recent mutation.
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Postby olikli » 22 Apr 2011, 19:32

And I would have refrained from a shameless self plug, if there hadn't been quite a few people searching on Google for this very issue. :oops: Always nice to have live blog stats
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Postby Iain M » 23 Apr 2011, 11:28

Mark C wrote:From Wikipedia:

Baudoinia compniacensis or Angels' Share fungus is an ascomycete fungus found on a wide range of substrates in the vicinity of distilleries, spirits maturation facilities, and large bakeries.


Maybe that's where it comes from in the places that there are no distilleries mentioned in the first article?


The first article is just oustide menstrie, blackgrange is only what within a mile of there so probably is quite an accurate article - although there just moaning minnies.
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Postby William » 23 Apr 2011, 17:34

Well, it's on the TV news here.

It's a sticky problem, no doubt, but I'm not convinced these people are "terrorised"

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/244464-slim ... ck-fungus/
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Postby Mr Tattie Heid » 24 Apr 2011, 00:42

The Black Slime is in your town. It's coming down your street. It's at your front door....
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby William » 24 Apr 2011, 07:38

Wikileaks has published secret documents from Diageo senior management.

There is no mention of "black slime".

But a flurry of correspondence under the subject line 'Fall-out from explosion in Loch Dhu vat'.
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Postby Pete Smoke » 24 Apr 2011, 14:03

If it turns red, run for your lives...

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Postby arkle » 25 Apr 2011, 22:12

Ooh er! We seem to have this on the outside window frames of our bedroom, its not on any other frame,coincidence ?? :shock:
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Postby Pete Smoke » 25 Apr 2011, 22:16

Everyone thinks i have a beard. 8-)
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby kallaskander » 26 Apr 2011, 10:01

Hi there,

Diageo is working on the problem.

They started wrapping barrels in clingfilm to keep the alcohol in and to starve the poor fungi.

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Postby kallaskander » 18 May 2011, 08:11

Hi there,

just found this

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/05/f ... hare/all/1

it is not a new problem alltogether it seems.

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Postby scotchio » 20 May 2011, 18:02

I thought this was a new release from Bruichladdich. My mistake :)
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Postby Nick Brown » 21 May 2011, 05:59

Pete Smoke wrote:If it turns red, run for your lives...

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It's a long time since I've seen that picture - Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds booklet, I believe.
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Postby Pete Smoke » 21 May 2011, 15:37

That's the one (the red weed). That is just a small fragment of it i think.
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby kallaskander » 04 Aug 2011, 08:19

Hi there,

the next round is on. And it is getting serious.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/262 ... stilleries

http://express-press-release.net/free/b ... 011/08/02/

If you are concerned with black mold you find advice here

http://www.yourblackmoldguide.com/

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Re: Black Slime?

Postby olikli » 04 Aug 2011, 11:43

kallaskander wrote:Hi there,

the next round is on. And it is getting serious.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/262 ... stilleries

http://express-press-release.net/free/b ... 011/08/02/

If you are concerned with black mold you find advice here

http://www.yourblackmoldguide.com/

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This "Black Mold Guide" refers to toxic Strachybotrys fungi. What makes you think that this is the "black whisky fungus"? The whisky fungus has been identified as Baudoinia compniacensis and so far there is no evidence that it is toxic.

There are several different kinds of black fungus, some are toxic (like also the very common aspergillus niger) and some are not. Linking the whisky fungus story to other toxic black fungi without evidence will only spread fear.
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Postby MacDeffe » 04 Aug 2011, 12:28

At a recent Port Ellen visit there were black fungus at trees within 5 metres of the warehouse and none on the ones further away


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Re: Black Slime?

Postby Lawrence » 04 Aug 2011, 15:48

olikli wrote: Linking the whisky fungus story to other toxic black fungi without evidence will only spread fear.


I agree...
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby bpbleus » 04 Aug 2011, 19:35

It's no wonder you'll find this fungus only in the very vicinity of distilleries, as the alcohol content of air further away is much to diluted to sustain its growth.

Anyway, I would never consider buying property next to a distillery or warehouse, for the same reason as I'd pass on living next to a saw mill, a fireworks or gunpowder factory. To do so is subjecting your genes unnecessarily to Darwinian selection forces.

There is another source of black stuff coating buildings. It's called soot and is known to cause severe respiratory illnesses.

I think a more pressing problem is that this slimy scum can lick the most precious nectar of a distillery without ever having to pay taxes for it.
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Re: Black Slime?

Postby Mr Tattie Heid » 04 Aug 2011, 19:48

Government would never tax slime. Professional courtesy. (Oh, that was too easy....)
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