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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.


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.