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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

Meetings for 2015-2016

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Simona Margaritescu

Presentation: A First Glance at Fungal Diversity in the Brazilian Amazon

Simona Margaritescu is the Mycology Technician in the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum. She manages the ROM’s fungal herbarium (TRTC) and is responsible for the operations of the Mycology Molecular Laboratory.


Monday, November 16, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Karen Stephenson, ediblewildfood.com

Presentation: Autumn Harvesting and Forest Fungi for Your Health

Learn what plant and fungi harvesting opportunities are still out there despite the colder weather. In addition to being food, countless fungi have been used as medicine for thousands of years. Learn how you can integrate forest fungi into your diet to help maintain good health.

Karen has been a professional writer and researcher for twenty years and has won several awards over the years for her work. She is a member of the Canadian Author's Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Green Connection, the York Simcoe Naturalist Club and NANPS (North American Native Plant Society). In fact, Karen recently became the communications assistant with NANPS. Although Karen has taken countless courses in botany, nutrition, mycology, and herbal medicines she spends more time learning from various sources in Europe and Asia. Although she was a forager for many years it wasn't until August 2011 in which Karen took her knowledge and started EdibleWildFood.com. Since then she has helped to educate thousands of people worldwide about what she calls "nutrient-dense free food". She has her book Fields of Nutrition here tonight for sale and is taking pre-orders for Winter Survival Food which will be available late this month.


Monday, February 22nd, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Pat Burchell (Chair of MST Education Committee)

Presentation: One of these things is not like the others: a laypersons look at some interesting changes to the classification of fungi.

DNA research is changing the way fungi are classified. The results are often frustrating for those of us trying to identify mushrooms in the field, but they also shed light on some evolutionary relationships which may surprise us.


Monday, March 21st, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Speaker: Jadson Jose Souza de Oliveira, PhD, Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum
Presentation: The Genus Marasmius: Morphology and Molecular Phylogeny

Marasmius is a diverse genus in terms of both morphology and the number of species. Exhibiting a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors, this genus is both beautiful and elegant. Its species are widespread across the world due to successful dispersal and a versatile capability to grow in many habitats, primarily acting as decomposers. Marasmius is the largest genus of the family Marasmiaceae in number of species, and one of the largest in the order Agaricales. It is estimated that the genus has over 1,000 species. This diversity of species and of morphology makes it a very complex genus in terms of taxonomy and systematics. Phylogenetic approaches not only have revealed the relationships among species and groups of species in a more natural fashion, but also have brought some light to the way how the genus should be organized.


Monday, April 25th 7:45 p.m.

Annual General Meeting

Speaker: D. Andrew White
Presentation: Tree Identification by Bark and Leaf in the Spring Season

Toronto arborist David Andrew White, a long time MST member, will talk about identifying many of the common trees of Ontario in the Spring, and look at some of the mushrooms that you will find growing in association with those trees throughout the year.

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.

The society has many more members than this time last year, and 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! 

Copies of George Barron's recently-reprinted field guide Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada will be on sale at the meeting. This is the MST's recommended field guide for Ontario and has been very hard to find in past years. We'll also have MST whistles, stickers and buttons available!

Updated Apr 18th 2016