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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

Meetings for 2016-2017

Monday, October 17, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. R. Larry Peterson PhD FRSC, University Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

Presentation: Life Underground - Plants Interacting with Beneficial Fungi

Dr. Larry Peterson grew up in Alberta and attended the University of Alberta where he received B.Ed and M.Sc degrees. He earned a PhD from the University of California and spent his career at the University of Guelph where he is currently a University Professor Emeritus. He has published over 200 papers in refereed journals, 25 book chapters, and has co-authored 3 books. The book Teaching Plant Anatomy Through Creative Laboratory Exercises, co-authored with Dr. Carol Peterson and Lewis Melville, received the George Lawson Medal from the Canadian Botanical Association (CBA) for an exceptional contribution to Botany. His current book When is a "Flower" not a Flower and other Intriguing Questions about Plants is co-authored with Dr. Carol Peterson. Dr. Peterson received a second George Lawson Medal from CBA for outstanding career contributions to Botany. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received two Teaching Awards from the University of Guelph.

Copies of When is a "Flower" not a Flower will be on sale for $25 (cash or cheque only).

This unique full-colour book by award-winning authors takes common observations of plants and presents scientific explanations for them that the non-specialist can understand. Using a question-and-answer format, 140 questions are posed, and each is followed by an answer illustrated with beautiful macroscopic and/or microscopic images. A total of 450 images are included. In addition to the general public, gardeners, horticulturalists, naturalists, teachers, and students will enjoy this book. More information is available at petersonbook.com.

Monday, November 21, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Tom Nagy

Presentation: Home cultivation workshop

Tom Nagy is an enthusiastic encyclopedia of ethnobotanical knowledge and traditional foraging skills who graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College where he studied Ecosystem Management and Ecology. Tom delivers passionate and engaging edible & medicinal plant walks as well as courses and workshops on growing fungi, using herbal medicine, fermentation, holistic methods of food production and how to strengthen ecological systems to a broad spectrum of audiences. He lives, loves, educates and grows food and community in Hamilton, Ontario.

Monday, February 13, 2017 7:45 p.m.

MST Movie Night! We'll be screening a 2008 documentary by Canadian director Ron Mann called Know Your Mushrooms. Come and have some popcorn!

From rottentomatoes.com:

Award-winning filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential) investigates the miraculous world of fungi with this documentary shot largely at the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. It was during a conversation with his friend Jim Jarmusch that Mann first learned of the bizarre sub-culture surrounding the mushroom, and once his interest was peaked there was no turning back. Some of the oldest and largest living organisms on the planet are fungi, but where did mushrooms come from, and could they hold secrets that we've yet to discover? Recently, a new breed of maverick scientists have made the claim that mushrooms possess the power to cleanse sites corroded by toxins, and that they could be used as a "clean" pesticide among other things. By traveling to the Telluride Mushroom Festival and speaking with festival president Gary Lincoff, as well as numerous other mycophiles (mushroom aficionados) who frequent the event, Mann reveals why the popular fungus has emerged to become one of our greatest mysteries. A neo-psychedelic soundtrack by The Flaming Lips and campy clips from such features as Attack of the Mushroom People keeps the mood whimsical as Mann explores every wonderful facet of the mushroom kingdom.



Monday, March 20, 2017 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Lawrence Millman

Presentation: A Painless Introduction to Polypores

Author-mycologist Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, including such titles as Fascinating Fungi of New England, Last Places, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, and — most recently — At the End of the World. He has done fungal inventories in places as diverse as Iceland, Honduras, Nunavik, Bermuda, Belize, Western Samoa, and Nantucket island. In 2006, he found a polypore (Echinodontium ballouii) previously thought to be extinct. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Lawrence Millman has given presentations about his travels in the Arctic at the Explorers Club, the University of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University, Cornell, Harvard, the Center for Northern Studies, on BBC and CBC Radio, on the Discovery Channel and National Public Radio, on Icelandic Radio, at Boston University, the New Brunswick Museum, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and over 100 other venues. He has lectured on cruise ships in the Canadian Arctic, Svalbard, Greenland, and Siberia.

Lawrence will be signing copies of his new book on March 18th: https://myctor.org/u50


Monday, May 1, 2017 7:45 p.m.

Annual General Meeting

Speaker: None

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 March 1st 2017