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Cheese mite munching on fungal hyphae

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Published on Apr 9, 2013

Watch as a cheese mite eats mold hyphae as if they were spaghetti! This mite is munching on the mold Scopulariopsis fusca.

Cheese mites live on the rinds of naturally aged cheeses. They are more interested in eating the molds that colonize the outside of the cheese and are less interested in the cheese itself. But in some cheeses (like Mimolette) their activities can change the appearance and tast of the cheese. They may look adorable, but if they are left to their own devices, they can wreak havoc in a cheese cellar as they destabilize rinds and allow undesirable molds to penetrate into the cheese paste.

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