North American Mycoflora Project
Received from Gene Kremer, NAMA Great Lakes Region Representative:
The goal of the original North American Mycoflora Project, launched in 2012, is to create the first comprehensive mycoflora of North American macrofungi.
The goals of the citizen science part of the Mycoflora Project, developed for the July 2017 workshop at the Mycological Society of America, are:
- Create a two-way flow of information between amateur naturalists and professional scientists to document, analyze, voucher and conserve collections in fungariums on a scale and at a rate unattainable by professionals working on their own.
- Harness the enthusiasm of individual amateurs and clubs around the country to do high-quality citizen science, simply and inexpensively, providing them with tools to generate robust biodiversity data.
- Document areas with high fungal endemism, to identify areas in need of conservation by:
- Helping amateurs create checklists linked to online documentation, vouchers and sequences.
- Helping amateurs expand checklists into local mycofloras that include all credible observations posted anywhere, plus synoptic keys, descriptions, and geographic and phenology information.
Mycoflora Project Public Launch Working Group
We are in need of individuals who will help create and execute a formalized PR plan for traditional and social media channels in the next couple of months. We need help designing a message calendar, creating PR materials, sending releases, and everything else that goes with implementing a major PR push. If you have a background in this area, or know people that do, your help could bring a significant contribution towards this project.
Club Outreach Working Group
Throughout this year, we will be working to organize mushroom clubs from across the country to participate in this project. Individuals working towards this goal will get clubs the information they need to participate, arrange speaking slots/workshops for clubs, revise educational materials, and recruit more clubs for the project.
Funding Application Review Working Group
For 2018, the NAMA board has allocated funding to sequence 200 collections from NAMA-affiliated clubs. To participate, interested clubs will submit a short application to this committee request dollars from this fund. This working group will develop the standards to judge applications by, develop the application, and rank the merits of individual applications as clubs apply.
Mycoflora Committee Webmaster
The NAMA website needs to be updated with NAMP information, procedures, and protocols. We can also always use help with the new NAMP website that is being created.
A large number of fungaria from around the country need to be brought into this program. We are looking for a dedicated individual who would be willing to be the liaison between the Mycoflora Project and these fungaria.
Representative to the NAMA Oregon Foray (October 2018)
Next year NAMA has allocated funds to sequence 200 specimens at the annual foray. We are looking for an individual to stay abreast of NAMA Oregon foray planning, and work with them (and other interested local organizations) to see if we can develop funding to sequence everything that comes into the foray.
Regional Key Councils
Thinking towards the longer term, regional keys will be a vital aspect of the outcomes of the Mycoflora Project. We would like some individuals to start taking a look at what was done in the Pacific Northwest and how this might translate to other areas of the country.