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Why did my sweet corn kernels grow into this?

That's corn smut, a fungus. It's edible and a part of Mexican cuisine. I doubt that you need to notify the authorities, but given that USDA has been trying for decades to eradicate it in the US, it's ...
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Please identify this green jello organism

Not doing well with searches involving your location, but it looks very like "Nostoc Commune" which is a cyanobacterium. Image from the linked Ohio State University web page. Limiting ...
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mushrooms in raised garden beds around strawberries

It's one of the bonnet mushrooms, not sure which - maybe Mycena acicula, the orange bonnet, but they will do no harm to your strawberries. These are just the fruiting bodies of mycelium present in the ...
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Please identify this green jello organism

Wow. Thanks to the links provided by @Ecnerwal, I found that Nostoc Commune and related goops are truly fascinating organisms. A few random facts that deserve to be recorded here in an answer: It’s a ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

There appears to be a long standing insect infestation, possiby whitefly (does anything rise up and fly about when you go near or disturb the plant?) or scale infestation of some sort. The leaves ...
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What are these small white balls that appeared on the soil in my greenhouse?

How impressive! I think you can relax - this is not a sign of a massive insect infestation and not a fungus, but one of nature’s wonders known as slime mold. The “eggs” are the spore-carrying ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

Your close up leaf images show an aphid infestation. In my experience, this is a highly persistent insect that infests chili plants amongst others with over 500 different types of Aphids specific to ...
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Are these mushrooms poisonous and how can I get rid of them?

It's a member of the order Agaricales. Which contains many edible mushrooms such as the white mushrooms you buy in the store as well as very poisonous mushrooms such as the European destroying angel. ...
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Why is this years-old vine dying and showing strange beige spots?

The plant is Rhoicissus rhomboidea 'Ellen Danica', common name Mermaid Vine, though its often referred to as grape ivy. At first glance, rust infection springs to mind, but a closer examination ...
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How to get rid of this white fungus

These are Parasola plicatilis, the pleated inkcap. They are saprobic, meaning they live off decaying matter in the soil, and these fruiting bodies are usually short lived. Common in grass, but ...
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Identify brown fungus growing on dead branches of an Escarpment Live Oak

It is a little hard to tell for sure from the single photo (if you could pick a specimen & post more detailed photos including the underside & provide a description of the texture, it would ...
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What are these fungus-like things in my tree?

It is lichen, yes - if it's only excessive on dead branches, that's why it's proliferating, because the wood is dead, although it does occur on live branches or trunks of trees as well, though not ...
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What is this grey-white mold/fungus below my tree?

There's no reason to believe that this fungus is causing harm to your plant, and there's really no way to get rid of it without killing your plant. The soil appears to have a lot of coarse organic ...
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What is causing this yellow fungus in my plants' soil, and should I be concerned?

Fungus are decay agents and can find a home where there is food (organic matter) and enough moisture to start. They will not cause any harm to the plant. Solutions: leave them be or take a trowel or ...
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How can I discourage mycelium and other fungi growth in containers?

It's not something you should worry about - there's no way of getting rid of mycelium without using completely sterile soil. Even if you did that, the air is full of fungal spores and they may arrive ...
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How can one prevent baby/recently sprouted plant disease?

re: "How can one prevent baby/recently sprouted plant disease?" With knowledge & proper care. re: "When one desires to germinate seeds in the seedling tray, he/she has to keep a humid and warm ...
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Are these mushrooms poisonous and how can I get rid of them?

Not sure which varieties of mushroom they are, but even if they are poisonous, that's only the case if you decide to throw them in a casserole or fry 'em up for breakast, so just don't eat them. The ...
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What is this white fungus on my oak tree?

I think it might be Woolly Aphid, specifically Woolly Oak Aphid, especially as you're in Florida. The only thing I'm not sure of is I can't find anything that says this particular form of woolly aphid ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

My method: take all peppers and flowers. Then put in the soil some "Actara". This should be enough to save the plant, and not to poison yourself. Usually I take some pepper and I plant it again: they ...
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What's this (yellow, rubbery thing - pic attached) I found in my Box Hedge plant?

The thing you found is a fishing lure! A bird probably dropped it there.
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What are these things in my house plant?

These are fungi, specifically, Nidulariales, commonly known as cup fungi or birds nest fungi. The little 'eggs' inside are actually spores, though yours look like they may already have dispersed. The ...
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What are these specks of white fuzz in some of my potting soil?

It is fungal in nature, some sort of saprophyte trying to break down the organic components of the potting soil. Try less water or better ventilation/drainage. You could try taking it outside for ...
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What disease does my Spinach have?

I'm not 100% sure because the black parts are blurry, but your "mold" looks suspiciously like aphids. I think I can see at least one specimen that's clear enough to see the legs (in the 2nd picture). ...
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Sterilise or pasteurise oyster mushroom substrate, why not microwave?

The reason that pasteurization is used when growing oyster mushrooms is that the media (usually straw) doesn't support contamination as easily as grain media since it's not as rich in nutrients. This ...
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Need identification on this growth on cherry & possibly plum trees and possible remedies

Looks like chocolate slime mold... Seriously... Also known as Stemonitopsis. It is normally feeding on dead trees, so I don't think it is causing your tree problems. If parts of your trees are dead (...
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What is this fungi/ mushroom we found on our walk?

It is almost certainly some species of inkcap. Beware - there are two edible (and tasty) species, but about two dozen poisonous ones! I think this is one of the poisonous ones: the "magpie fungus" ...
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Does anyone know what this is on my plum tree?

It's one of the slime moulds in its sporangium stage (most likely Enteridium lycoperdon) and unfortunately, its presence indicates that either your tree is dead, or is on its way out, for they usually ...
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Do truffles grow from the air?

A truffle is the fruiting body of a fungus. The truffle fungus spends most of its time as an interconnected network of fine strands called mycelia. The mycelia function like plant roots: they absorb ...
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Is this spotting on my schefflera houseplant caused by alternaria?

I believe this is scale who exude a sweet sugar. It falls from them onto the leaves below and the fungus are growing on the sap. However, to be sure, let's do the detective thing: can the black ...
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What fungus is this, and how to get rid of it?

It's just one of the slime moulds, and its there in association with your bark chips - it does get bigger and changes form if the weather has been wet, it likes lots of wet, its getting ready to ...
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