Jack o'Lantern—scarier than you think!

      Large pumpkins (diameter, 30 cm) belonging to the taxon Cucurbita pepo were purchased from local retail supermarkets in Northern Ireland in October 2005 and were carved by children into Jack o'lanterns. Following this, carved pumpkins were displayed for up to 3 weeks in domestic home environments. Overt spoilage was observed with several filamentous fungi of different phenotypic properties, commencing at approximately 1 week, and cumulating with disposal of the Jack o'lanterns after approximately 3 weeks display because of collapse of the vegetables caused by softening, probably due to microbial pectinase activity.
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