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Meetings for 2007-2008

Monday, October 15, 2007 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Jack Hay

Presentation: Shiitake Cultivation

Description: Dr. Hay has recently retired as Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Immunology, University of Toronto, and now grows Shiitake mushrooms at Moon River Bay on Georgian Bay.


Monday, November 19, 2007 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: David W. Fischer

Presentation: "Golden Chanterelles and One-eyed Aliens: Mushroom Evolution 101"

Description: We will consider the implications of some of the most remarkable aspects of mushroom evolution and examine some of the cool fungal organisms now at risk of extinction.

David Fischer is a nationally known expert on the ecology and identification of wild mushrooms. He is the co-author of "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" and "Mushrooms of Northeastern North America". His website, http://AmericanMushrooms.com reveals not only 1046 mushroom photos of some 482 species, but also his passion for educating and entertaining everyone on the marvels and delights of wild mushrooms.


Monday, February 18, 2008 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. James Scott, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Topic: Understanding Mushroom Poisonings: What all MST members need to know

Description: If you collect and eat a wild mushroom, are you really 100% sure it will not harm you? If you eat a poisonous one, will you recognize how dire the consequences may be if you wrongly identify a specimen, or delay seeking medical treatment? Dr. Scott will help ensure that we, as MST members have the vital knowledge we all need.


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

Speaker: Lorraine Brown

Topic: Underground Relationships - Probing the Mysteries of Mycorrhizal Fungi

Description: Out-of-sight should not be out-of-mind. Our long-time club member from Leith explains what happens when a fungus holds hands with its tree partner.


Monday, April 21, 2008 7:30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting for 2007-2008

Presentation: MST in Newfoundland

Topic: You may have wondered why several MST members have traipsed off to Newfoundland in the fall mushroom season; this visual presentation will bring us all closer to some of their experiences and nature on the Rock.


Meetings for 2006-2007

Monday, October 16, 2006 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Andrew S. Methven, Professor, Mycologist and Lichenologist, Department Chair of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University

Presentation: "The genus Flammulina: There's more than one fungus among us"

Description: From the Flammulina Genus, Enoki-take is a popular edible mushroom that has been cultivated for centuries in Japan and marketed worldwide under that name. Dr. Methven enlighted us on other Flammulina species, based on past and ongoing research.


Monday, November 20, 2006 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Linda M. Kohn, Professor of Botany, Erindale Campus, University of Toronto: Past President (2000) of Mycological Society of America

Presentation: "The Secret Life of Fungi:"

Description: A peek at what some representative fungi are doing when they're not fruiting


Monday, February 19, 2007 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Kathie Hodge, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Topic: "What's going on? - Fungi and Insects"

Description: Dr Hodge's research program focused on fungi that are pathogens of insects and their allies. We learned much from her insight into what these fungi do. One may even help us reduce the incidence of Malaria.


Monday, March 19, 2007 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Leonard J. Hutchison, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Forest Environment, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Topic: "Mushrooms of the northern Rocky Mountains"

Description: Dr. Hutchison will examine various mushrooms found in specific ecological habitats and niches in the Rockies. If you missed NAMA's Alberta Foray this year, you will not want to miss this chance to expand your horizons.


Monday, APRIL 23, 2007

Annual General Meeting for 2006-2007

Special Presentation: "FUNGI IN FOCUS"

Topic: MST has many members who are not only passionate about mushrooms, but are also enthusiastic photographers. Some of our Foray leaders and amateur photographers have been invited to share their favourite photos from the past year.