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Bread is a staple food prepared by baking a dough of flour and water and often additional ingredients, such as butter or salt to improve the taste. Etymology The word itself, Old English bread , is common in various forms to many Germanic languages , such as Frisian brea , Dutch brood , German Brot , Swedish bröd , and Norwegian and Danish brød ; it has been claimed to be derived from the root of brew .
Flour Milling and Baking Research Association, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, UK, WD3 5SH Available online 13 November 2002 View full text Bread is one of the most important staple foods in the world can be spoiled by many moulds, of which Penicillium species are by far the most common. However, the dominant spoilage flora varies with the type of bread and the storage temperature.
T he picture at the right, believe it or not, shows one of the most common fungi in the world, the Bread Mold Fungus, Rhizopus stolonifer . A few days before the picture was taken some water accidentally seeped into a package of cornmeal. When I finally opened the package, the cornmeal was spoiled and its surface was covered with the stuff appearing in the upper two-thirds of the picture. The lower third shows the grainy cornmeal. The size of the cornmeal granules shows that the picture has been magnified a lot.
"How do I grow bread mold?" and, "How does [your favorite toxic substance] affect bread mold?" are among the two most popular science fair-related questions we receive ;) If you're looking for information about bread molds, here's a good starting point. Bread molds can cause infections! particularly in people with respiratory problems or a weakened immune system.