Has the prehistoric ice-man contributed to the preservation of living fungal spores?
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2006
FEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume 120, Issue 1-2, pages 9–10, July 1994
How to Cite
Gams, W. and Stalpers, J.A. (1994), Has the prehistoric ice-man contributed to the preservation of living fungal spores?. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 120: 9–10. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.1994.tb06998.x
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2006
- (Received 20 April 1994, Revised 3 May 1994)
- Fungal spore;
Abstract There are arguments against the conclusion drawn by Haselwandter and Ebner that fungal spores have survived for some 5300 years on hay padding in the leather boots of frozen body discovered in the Austrian Alps. According to cryobiological experience, long-term survival of fungal spores is very unlikely at temperatures fluctuating between zero and −40°C. It is quite possible that living spores of these common species have recently reached this substratum.