The activities of the Nomadic Fungi Institute came to my attention in 2013. The Institute was posting images of Nomadic Fungi on Instagram as part of their directive to raise public awareness. It didn't take much to convince me that this mutated fungus was capable of undermining the foundation on which our society is built.

I am proud to say that I retired from being a starving artist so that I could become the starving archivist at the Nomadic Fungi Institute

The folders below contain a few samples from the Institute's vast collection of documents, photographs and interviews. For the most up to date information on the Institute's activities, please visit the Nomadic Fungi Institute's website at www.WorldOfNomadicFungi.com

The Nomadic Fungi Institute is dedicated to the research and documentation of a mycological classification known as Nomadic Fungi, a mutated genus of parasitic cordyceps that feeds upon automobiles. Nomadic Fungi’s ability to rapidly biodegrade petroleum based products such as oil, plastics and rubber poses a serious threat to the world’s transportation network. 



This folder contains photographic documents of actual Nomadic Fungi growing on automobiles.

The NFI Lab has been conducting spore sprouting tests to ascertain if Nomadic Fungi spores can be coaxed into germination and encouraged to grow.

For the Spore Sprouting Tests, field samples were collected at various locations where Nomadic Fungus activities have been reported. The spores were extracted from the field samples using a variety of tools and techniques. These spores were then incorporated into a variety of specially prepared cocktails. These spore-laden cocktails were then poured into glass jars containing diecast toy cars. The cars act as a host for the Nomadic Fungus to feed upon. The jars were then sealed and placed into the NFI incubator/toolshed. 



 

To better understand the nature of Nomadic Fungi some of the specimens from the Spore Sprouting Test were removed from their restrictive containment jars and allowed to briefly stretch their limbs. Then they were sterilized to prevent any unwanted spread of spores.

 

Detailed document photographs taken during the Spore Sprouting Test.

Although no cases have yet been officially verified or acknowledged by the United States Government, rumors of giant fungi growing from automobiles began to circulate in the 1950s. Mr. Rotifer H. Wobbler, the noted author of the Wobblers Encyclopedia of Parasitic Fungi was one of the first people to publicly suggest a possible link between these rumors and the expanding field of nuclear biogenetics.

A hobo known as Dr. Graybones, hopped freight trains in the American South from 1943 to 1953. During this time he kept a journal filled with vivid descriptions and drawings of what he referred to as giant toadstools. This journal and his knapsack are now part of the archives at the Nomadic Fungi Institute. 

 

Cordyceps is a genus of fungus that propagates through parasitic behavior. The air born spores attach to small insects such as ants, spiders and crickets.

First, the spores sprout roots that attach to the central nervous system of the host insect. Eventually the fungus take control of the insect's mental and physical functions. Thus impaired, the insect responds in a zombie like fashion, climbing up a plant stem as high as possible into the open air where it firmly attaches itself and waits. 

The spores, which feed off on the body fluids of the insect soon rupture through the insect’s skin and grow into long horns. These horns develop thousands of fresh spores that are taken up by the wind and silently float back down to the earth, landing on unwitting insects.

 

In comparison to our physical world, insects exist on a very tiny scale. So for  cordyceps to propagate in this world the spores have evolved to target specific species of insects. Drifting on the wind, the vast majority of spores land harmlessly on the ground where they quickly biodegrade. But a few find their way onto a host insect where the spore emits an enzyme that creates an opening into the new host therby creating a doorway from which it can send in parasitic roots.

 

The harvesting and distribution of Cordyceps Sinensis has become a billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. As demand grows several pharmaceutical based corporations have built large greenhouses where they are attempting to cultivate cordyceps.  According to industry reports, recent advancements in the fields of genome mapping, genetic engineering and gene splicing have produced cordyceps that are bigger, more potent and faster growing. 

 
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