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Conidiophores of Gliocladium sp. — one of the fungi to infest human corpses

A new study has described in detail, for the first time, species of fungi obtained from human corpses.

In the future, forensics experts may use the information during criminal investigations to determine when someone died – particularly in cases where the body is in an environment where little or no insect infestation has occurred.

I became interested in forensic biology thanks to the wonderful (and sorely missed) Dr Zak Erzinclioglu, who livened up the zoology department tearoom with his tales of maggots and murder. Good to read that fungi can contribute important post-mortem information too.