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Archive of Past MST Meetings

Meetings for 2009-2010

Monday, October 19, 2009 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: George White

Presentation: The Unseen Forest: Terrestrial and Aquatic Microfungi in Ontario

Description: Microfungi are a major ecological component contributing significantly to biodegredation and nutrient recycling in the forest. Because of their small size, they tend to be overlooked and neglected even though they are some of the most common entities in our natural environment. They come in an amazing variety and complexity of shapes and sizes and utilize some interesting and diverse methods to produce spores. This talk will increase awareness of this group and expose the audience to their beauty and biodiversity of form and function. The audience will acquire a whole new appreciation of what goes on in the forest at the microscopic level.


Monday, November 16, 2009 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Scott Redhead, Curator, National Mycology Herbarium, Ottawa

Presentation: Mushroom Morphology (appearance) vs. Phylogeny (evolutionary origins)

Description: Dr. Redhead will shed light on what is driving recent changes in mushroom classification. He surely knows how confusing these are for those of us following the traditional classification, and how much mystery surrounds this topic for MST members. This is our chance to better understand this "new world" which seems inevitably to be encroaching upon us.


Monday, February 15, 2010 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Richard Aaron, MST Member

Presentation: "Mushroom Names, Mushroom Meanings: Through field and forest with a dictionary"

Description: With few standardized names in English for fungi, the use of scientific names is unavoidable. But fear not! Join our speaker on a fanciful frolic through the field guides as he makes a dead language come to life. We will explore names dealing with a host of characteristics including colour, habitat, and edibility, and also consider some fungi named for people. In addition, we will probe the surprising connections many of these terms have with English words we use on a regular basis. You will never look at Latin the same way again.


Monday, March 15, 2010 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. David Malloch, Museum of New Brunswick, (and MST's past Scientific Advisor).

Presentation: "Decades (and Decades) of Eastern Canadian Fungi"

Description: Forty-five years of collecting fungi in the forests of eastern Canada have yielded more than just a million mosquito bites and the occasional mushroom dinner. They have also led to the conclusion that although the same species of plants range across the entire region, the fungi differ from place to place. Species commonly found around Thunder Bay fail to be found in Nova Scotia. Morels, a mainstay of spring collecting in Ontario, are rare or maybe even absent along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Chantarelles, gathered commercially in the Maritime Provinces, are less common inland. In Quebec where forest meets tundra, there are mushrooms so far unknown in the rest of the country. Presented here are some observations, pictures and speculations on why our region is as diverse and interesting as it is.


Monday, April 19, 2010 7:30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting for 2009-2010

Speaker: Dr. Jack Hay, Professor Emeritus, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto.

Presentation: "A Growing Interest "

Description: Interest in Dr. Hay's 1000-log shiitake operation at Moon River Bay on Georgian Bay is growing. He will tell us of its impact on other communities and of the mycological research role now developing on his land. Do join us to hear Dr. Hay's informative presentation.


Meetings for 2008-2009

Monday, October 20, 2008 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Vello Soots, President of MST

Presentation: Amanitas: Friends or Foes

Description: Vello's talk will be about the distinctive features of this genus and he will describe a variety of species both familiar and exotic. He will also explain why some are friends welcome at the table, and others are dangerous foes to be avoided.


Monday, November 17, 2008 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Madi Piller, MST Member

Presentation: Another View of Mushrooms: Artistic Photographic Creations

Description: MST member Madi Piller is an experimental filmmaker and former producer and director of television commercials who has a passion for animation. Be sure to attend this unique multi-media presentation.


Monday, February 16, 2009 7:45 p.m.

2 Presentations: a NAMA CD and a DVD

Topic: Naming Mushrooms: Who's My Daddy? by Michael Beug of NAMA'S Education Committee

Description: This CD is a look at 49 of the author's favourite mushrooms and why their scientific names have undergone changes over the last 30 years. These changes reflect ongoing understanding of genetic relationships, the discovery that sometimes our mushrooms that have European names differ from their European counterparts, the fact that some mushrooms we thought to be of one species are, in fact, several different species, and why common names have even more pitfalls than scientific names.

Description: This will feature Taylor Lockwood's glorious mushroom images set to baroque and classical music. This DVD has been called "mushroom meditation" and should be very appealing to our group.

2nd Topic: Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi: by Taylor Lockwood

Description: This will feature Taylor Lockwood's glorious mushroom images set to baroque and classical music. This DVD has been called "mushroom meditation" and should be very appealing to our group.


Monday, March 16, 2009 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Greg Thorn, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario

Presentation: "Mushrooms in the City"

Description: This talk will be with a definite urban/homeowner interest and theme. Some or all of the mushrooms on lawns (and their risk to pets or children grazing them); decay fungi on your street trees, in your basement, on your deck; edibles (and the compounds that mushrooms bio-accumulate, including radioactive chemicals and heavy metals): and urban/indoor oddities.


Monday, April 20, 2009 7:30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting for 2008-2009

Speaker: Michael Warnock, MST Member

Presentation: "Indoor Fungi"

Description: Michael Warnock has been studying the fungi that grow in homes and offices for over 10 years, and in that time he's encountered a few surprises! Anyone who thinks that moulds are the only fungi that have discovered how to live comfortably in our dwellings will be both delighted and disturbed by the diversity of fungal organisms that may be hiding in your walls.