Microscopic Analysis of Pigments Extracted from Spalting Fungi
AbstractPigments that are currently available in the market usually come from synthetic sources, or, if natural, often need mordants to bind to the target substrate. Recent research on the fungal pigment extracts from Scytalidium cuboideum, Scytalidium ganodermophthorum, Chlorociboria aeruginosa, and Chlorociboria aeruginascens have been shown to successfully dye materials, like wood, bamboo, and textiles, however, there is no information about their binding mechanisms. Due to this, a microscopic study was performed to provide information to future manufacturers interested in these pigments. The results of this study show that S. ganodermophthorum and C. aeruginosa form an amorphous layer on substrates, while S. cuboideum forms crystal-like structures. The attachment and morphology indicate that there might be different chemical and physical interactions between the extracted pigments and the materials. This possibility can explain the high resistance of the pigments to UV light and color fastness that makes them competitive against synthetic pigments. These properties make these pigments a viable option for an industry that demands natural pigments with the properties of the synthetic ones. View Full-Text
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Vega Gutierrez, S.M.; Robinson, S.C. Microscopic Analysis of Pigments Extracted from Spalting Fungi. J. Fungi 2017, 3, 15.
Vega Gutierrez SM, Robinson SC. Microscopic Analysis of Pigments Extracted from Spalting Fungi. Journal of Fungi. 2017; 3(1):15.Chicago/Turabian Style
Vega Gutierrez, Sarath M.; Robinson, Sara C. 2017. "Microscopic Analysis of Pigments Extracted from Spalting Fungi." J. Fungi 3, no. 1: 15.
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