Box 57 See for yourself

You can observe growth at a hyphal tip for yourself with a petri dish culture of a fungus such as Mucor and a light microscope fitted with an eyepiece graticule. Focus on the outer visible edge of a colony, then identify the tip of one of the ouwardly radiating hyphae. Align it with the graticule scale and note the position of the tip. Return after half an hour and note the new value, being careful not to disturb the microscope in the meantime. You may be surprised at how far the hypha has travelled in such a short time!

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