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About Mold

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 
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To: thinkingfountain@smm.org
Subject: Bread Mold

>I am doing a project on which substances prevent 
>bread mold. Can you provide me with some information? 
>pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Hi! I know a lot about growing mold, but not about preventing it. I do know a student who tried growing mold on bread with and without preservatives. Her results were rather interesting. The bread without preservatives took the longest for mold to grow. I would have expected just the opposite, wouldn't you? One recommendation that I can make would be to look carefully at bread packages for preservatives and then maybe visit a bakery and ask them. Of course there are cleansers that prevent mold (but I wouldn't want to eat those). Your question is a really good one, it has me thinking about it. If I come across anything else, I'll be sure to let you know. I looked on the Internet and found an incredible site that has a couple of pictures of bread mold taken with a scanning electron microscope. http://www.pbrc.hawaii.edu/~kunkel/gallery/fungi-sm/ Let me know what you discover too! Thanks for writing. -karen

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