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On the ontology of vernal orange slime

Molter, Daniel J (2022) On the ontology of vernal orange slime. Mushroom: The journal of Wild Mushrooming, 28 (4). pp. 6-10. ISSN 0740-8161

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Abstract

This article considers the ontology of vernal orange slime (VOS), a phenomenon of microbial succession that arises in spring sap flows, and argues that it is an evolutionary “song”, a kind of unit of selection described by Ford Doolittle and Austin Booth. The sparse literature on VOS is reviewed, component fugal species are reported, the role of structure is considered, and objections that VOS is merely a symbiotic collective or holobiont are answered. Vos is instead presented as an evolving periodic process, repeated year after year, each instance developing as a cascade of overlapping holobionts.


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Molter, Daniel Jmolterdan@hotmail.com0000-0003-2881-7592
Keywords: evolutionary song, orange slime, holobiont, Fusicolla merismoides, Fusarium merismoides,Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous, deer vomit slime, slime volcano
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Depositing User: Dr. Daniel J. Molter
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 03:34
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 03:34
Item ID: 20354
Journal or Publication Title: Mushroom: The journal of Wild Mushrooming
Publisher: Mushroom: The journal of Wild Mushrooming
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 2022
Page Range: pp. 6-10
Volume: 28
Number: 4
ISSN: 0740-8161
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20354

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