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Meetings for 2018-2019

Monday, October 22, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Jan Thornhill

Presentation: From Flying Squirrels to Nematodes: Fungi-Animal Connections

There are myriad relationships between fungi and animals that go way beyond members of our own species' foraging for them for food. A plethora of other creatures also feast on fungi, ranging from minute fungus-gnat larvae, to gluttonous slugs, to honey-mushroom-thieving deer. Many fungi also depend on animals to aid in the dispersal of their spores, including parasitic Cordyceps species that practice "mind control" on ants. And what kind of world would it be without the thousands of species whose business it is to recycle dung?

Jan Thornhill has been studying the plethora of amazing fungi she finds around her home near Havelock for more than 25 years. Though she is not beyond eating the choice ones, she is much more interested in fungal diversity, ecology, and collecting the weird and wonderful, all of which she obsessively photographs, catalogues, and preserves. For the past several of years, she has also been writing about her favourite oddities on her blog: https://weirdandwonderfulwildmushrooms.blogspot.ca.

Jan is also a multi-award-winning writer and illustrator of science- and nature-based children’s books, some of which she will have for sale, including her most recent title, The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow, a companion volume to The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Antonio Cillero

Presentation: Mushroom cultivation

Antonio will cover the history of mushroom cultivation and the different techniques used to grow edible and medicinal mushrooms, with particular attention to home cultivation techniques.

Antonio Cillero has been a member of the MST for 3 years and currently holds the position of Assistant Foray Director. He has been growing mushrooms as a hobby for ten years and teaches mushroom growing classes in Toronto. He is also a member of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) and helps organize a conference on the therapeutic applications of psilocybin mushrooms called “Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms”.

Updated November 15th 2018

Meetings for 2017-2018

Monday, October 16, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Pat Burchell, MST Education Committee Chair

Presentation: Mushroom Postage Stamps: from Canada and Around the World

Talk will include an exhibit of postage stamps from the Mycological Society of Toronto stamp collection.

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Walter Sturgeon

Presentation: Macrofungi of the Appalachians 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.

MST Movie Night! Come and have some popcorn!

In Search of the Holey Veil

This video is based on a real-life treasure hunt and documentary of Taylor Lockwood's search for beautiful and exotic mushrooms.

It is centered on a three month trip to India, Nepal, China, and Thailand where he found many beautiful species that are now featured in this program.

Also included are trailers of other Taylor Lockwood videos as well as a short behind-the-scenes special on "How the 'Holey Veil' was made" and out-takes.

This video also employs Taylor's typical "artistic license" with illustrations, music, animations, and supporting scenes.

Program length: approx. 55 min.

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Larry Millman

Presentation: The Psychro Ward

As with northern First Nations peoples, certain fungi have evolved ways to survive in cold conditions. In this presentation, Dr. Lawrence Millman will introduce you to these psychrophiles (psychrophile = cold adapted) and discuss the various ways they deal with temperatures that would dispatch other fungi to their Maker. As the subject is not studied a great deal by mycologists, some of this presentation will be speculative.

Monday, April 23, 2018 7:00 p.m.

The April 23rd meeting is the MST's Annual General Meeting. At the AGM, the business of the previous year is reviewed, resolutions for the upcoming year are decided, and MST members elect the incoming Board of Directors. All members have a voice and a vote - so if you're interested in influencing the activities and the future direction of the MST, please attend!

Updated April 9th, 2018