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Letter from Harold J. Brodie to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (180,667 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Harold J. Brodie to Joshua Lederberg
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1952-10-04 (October 4, 1952)
Brodie, Harold J.
Rothamsted Experimental Station
Lederberg, Joshua
Reproduced with permission of Rothamsted Research.
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence B
Box Number: 6
Folder Number: 151
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1947-1953
Folder: Brodie, Harold
October 4 '52
Dear Dr. Lederberg: -
You must have wondered that there was no reply to your kind letter of Aug. 13th other than the note from my secretary. She has only recently sent on your letter along with a batch of other mail.
It was considerate of you to bother sending me some Nidulariaceae from your garden. Apparently the specimens are still in Bloomington. Someone in the department thought you had Crucibulum vulgare. Of the three or four component types in N.A. - - the following would enable you to decide which you had:
Crucibulum vulgare : cups some shade of ochre yellow, low, massive. Peridioles very light yellow or whitish, attached by a slender but obvious funiculus.
Cyathus olla : Cups grey or wood brown; at mouth flaring widely ; not markedly woolly.
Peridioles greyish, large, flattened attached by short stout funiculus. Cups often attached to wood by rhizomorphs.
Cyathus striatus : cups warm brown, internally strongly fluted. Base of cups attached to ball of mycelium.
Cyathus stercoreus : cups brown or grey or pale faun, woolly externally, internally smooth. Peridioles shining black.
My interest in these fungi has now become so many sided that I am always anxious to see more material and, as I have none from Wisconsin, I am glad to receive yours. Cyathus olla and C. striatus from your area would be most welcome.
To refer to my work on the "Nids" as genetics is, perhaps, rather liberal. If one were choosing an object for real genetics, one would try to get something in which it would be possible to isolate tetrads. This cannot be done with our fungi as the spores are all mixed up in the peridiole before they are mature. So we have to take them as they are. To culture many of the species with the major idea of trying to settle taxonomic problems by means other than the usual herbarium approach is what I am really trying to do. In addition, of course, the business of unilateral nuclear migration has turned up.
At present I am working with Gregory at Rothamsted trying to solve
some of the problems of spore dispersal using his famous wind tunnel.
When next I write to the Department, I shall ask my assistant to send you a set of my reprints.
Please give my kind regards to Dr. Huskins when you see him.
Sincerely yours,
Harold J. Bode
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
Keywords:  Nidulariaceae; Huskins;

to type fungus from my garden.  Cyathus?

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