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    Silvery marshmallow blob on weeping willow

    Ha, Ha, well, I do learn something new every day. Usually more than one thing! Yes Corj, you made the right call: "false puffball". http://www.michigannatureguy.com/blog/2017/05/25/false-puffball-slime-mold/ I've never heard that common name, but I'm heartened that I was on the right track with...
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    Silvery marshmallow blob on weeping willow

    At first, I was thinking insect egg mass, as with Lymantria. I know, gypsy moth masses are more buff-colored, but very new masses? I don't know much about insects. When I read more closely about the mass being palm sized, I'm thinking slime mold. Very young Fuligo can be off-white before they...
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    Stumped on this Gleditsia

    A small point, but Guy, does that article actually suggest that genus Marasmius is mycorrhizal? I know the intro invokes fairy rings, but the text is on other fungi entirely. Or am I missing it? Actually, I think I reviewed that article for the journal prior to publication, but it was an earlier...
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    Stumped on this Gleditsia

    The mushrooms look to be the common Marasmius. No problem there. That group mostly feeds on thatch and does not decay chunks of wood. I'm not saying wood decay fungi aren't present in the tree, just that they aren't obvious in the photos.
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    Starting new threads

    May I respectfully suggest that when folks start new threads, they title the thread with just a little bit of information. Simply calling a thread "Help" or "Confused" is not very helpful to me. How about "chipper handling" or "Brands of boots" or "leaf spots on Rhododendron". This is helpful...
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    Bulge On Cherrybark Oak

    Now that is interesting. I've never seen such a thing. Any dissections published or presented? Hope the CT event was worthwhile. I had to bow out due to health stuff. I hate to do that.
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    Bulge On Cherrybark Oak

    Sorry, but I'm not sure if I'm focusing on the right bit. The obvious swelling that begins about half-way up the stem is mostly easily explained by girdling. Sure, wire (barbed or otherwise) could do it. Polypropylene clothesline could too, etc.
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    2nd opinion - fungus and risk assessment

    Thanks ATH for the update. Yes, this is what I was trying to get to with my posts above. Good they have the ID to genus. We sometimes act as if there was some platonic ideal of taxon characteristics, be they macro- or microscopic or molecular. Then we compare our sample unknown to those ideal...
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    2nd opinion - fungus and risk assessment

    Sure looks like Kretzschmaria to me. Perhaps the re-test will show that, maybe not. Widening the scope, it certainly looks like mycelia from the Xylariaceae, a family in the ascomycetes. And jumping to superficially similar fungi like Dendrothele in the Corticiaceae (in a broad sense) is...
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    Oak gall ID

    A scan of that 1940 guide by Felt is available for free download through a link into a library in India. Not a great high-quality scan, but still useful. Just search in Google Scholar on the title given by ATH in the post immediately above. I don't see it in Archive.org.
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    Oak gall ID

    Sorry JD, I wasn't clear above. When I said that the ref "should be available as PDF" I meant that it "ought to be available but was not". Me bad! There were several hardcopy revisions. I'll see if I can get the most recent one from the national ag library and then put a copy in Treesearch, the...
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    Oak gall ID

    That Forest Service guide mentioned by ATH is available in a simple hyperlink format (and a slightly shorter title) at: https://wiki.bugwood.org/Archive:Oak Yes, that should be available as a PDF. If I had a clean or otherwise paper copy, I'd scan it and get it out there!
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    Maple Anthracnose?

    Several distinct species of fungi cause anthracnose on maple, which can account for some slight differences in symptoms and course of infection. The most damaging infections occur at leaf emergence. Consequently, the greatest benefit from chemical control is prior to or at leaf emergence...
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    How do you recognize a node?

    Yes, thanks Daniel! I hope somebody finds this stuff useful. It's useful to me to be thinking about it as well! Kevin.
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    Increment Bore Diameters

    ATH and Guy are right on the money here. The first thing that an arborist should know about increment boring is that rarely is it necessary! Now, I'm not necessarily agin' it! I've done a fair bit with the dendrochronology community that travel with borers as other people travel with toothbrushes!
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