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From W. G. Smith   24 July 1877


Reports a fossil fungus, complete with fossil zoospores, within the vascular bundles of a Lepidodendron from the Coal Measures. The genus is Pythium and it appears no different from living species.

Author:  Worthington George Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11068

From W. G. Smith   27 July 1877


Has examined some sea-kale and iris leaves sent by CD and does not think the scars are caused by fungus but rather through the action of insects. Feels "bloom" may protect leaves from such insect attack.

Author:  Worthington George Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11075
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