Vivien Bruschi

My mold does not want to be watched, some examples of failed video’s

The mold grew on the backside of the fruit…
Damn fog…
Feeding time!

Finalizing the aquarium

This is a quick sketch of what the aquarium will look like. I will use both styrofoam and wood in the aquarium to give diversity in the growth of the mold. I want to cover the ground with soil, and on top some of my coffee grounds. And I will slowly add letfovers of my food to the aquarium, which will also show different types of molds hopefully.

Mold scaping

To give my mold a nice structure to grow on and play with I experimented with styrofoam. I glued my coffee to the foam to see if it would grow. Luckely my mold did not have any problem growing on the styrofoam! Only I am not sure whether I like the spotty growth that is showing. I expected the nice circles that I saw on my coffee. To see if I can grow it on more organic material (without the help of glue) I will try it out with wood.

Mold watching

The mold seems to be still, but he is moving very slowly.
I experimented with my camera and found a way to capture this movement. Here is a small video;

This was shot in about 35 hours.

Molding processes

New mold!

This green yellow mold appeared on my bread accidentaly. It is very hairy. I let him join on the Grape mold agar to see if he would grow there.

The bread mold looked yellow brown on the agar. It is at the right side above. It was not so hairy as on the bread.

My mold looked a bit hungy.

I wondered what would happen if I started feeding the mold. How long does it take to completely swallow a piece of bread? Can I keep it alive if I share my scraps of food with the mold?

Making Agar

Ingredients;
Beef bouillon cubes, 1 cube
– Sugar, 2 teaspoons
– Water, 1 cup
– Packet of unflavored gelatin, I used 2 pieces

What to do:
– You mix all ingredients in a pan and lets it boil, stir constantly
– Once completely combined and it have boiled for a while, take off the stove and let cool for a couple of minutes
– Get the petridishes or plastic containers ready and pour the agar evenly in
– Let cool in the fridge for 30 minutes
– Now they are ready for the mold, which you can apply with help of a cotton swap.
– Wait and see!

The agar is ready for the mold
I marked my plastic containers with the mold I applied.

The molds I put on the agar:
– Plant soil
– Coffee ground mold
– Citrus mold
– Grape mold
– Mix of the coffee and citrus mold (to see how they react on eachother)

Results

It would be interesting to see if the mold acts differently when there is food placed on the agar. Also I would like to see if I can pour agar in a shape or form, so that the mold will grow that shape.

More molds

To see if the mold on my coffee would grow on other food sources I set up the following experiments.

Coffee gives life

I decided on my coffee ground mold as my friend. And I would like to teach it some tricks. What can it do?

My friend

  • I want to know if the mold can move from one food to the other, and what will happen to the colour of the mold.
  • What will happen if I introduce it to soil?
  • Will it grow on unorganic materials?

Molding process.

The beginning of Penicillium; Lets find some molds

To start off this project, I first need some molds. For the I will use organic waste from my own household.

Examples:

The lemon did not mold at all in this week. I read about a citrus mold, but maybe it needed more oxygen.