12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms
Monday April 6, 2020
In the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; the presentation begins at 7:30 pm
The studios will be open at 7:00 pm for members who wish to bring in mushrooms for identification. This will be followed by a 2-hour PowerPoint presentation beginning at 7:30pm, focusing on common genera of gilled mushrooms, boletes and other fungi which can be identified fairly easily in the field. There will be a short break for refreshments.
The course is available to MST members only (and their family members living at the same address) and will be limited to 80 participants.
Please register by March 30th, 2020. The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration will be checked at the door.
MST members may register on the course signup page.
Dr. Greg Thorn of Western University writes:
Dear Mycologists and other fans of fungi:
The food, accommodations, general program and budget for our 36th annual Great Lakes Mycology Meetings are all arranged, and now all we need is you!
The meetings will commence with lunch at noon Saturday, followed by an afternoon of scintillating talks, posters & mingling, dinner followed by our plenary speaker Allison Walker, more great talks Sunday morning, and a wrap-up lunch. Your $90 (+HST) registration fee includes all of this, thanks to some generous support from the Faculty of Science and Department of Biology at Western. Private ($74+HST) or shared ($54+HST) accommodations are available at Ontario Hall on campus, and the astute among you will notice that your accommodation also includes breakfast, so students and others on a budget, plan to pack some of your second breakfast along for the drive home! Accommodations are available for both Friday and Saturday nights, for those coming from greater distances, or just for Saturday night, for those who are closer. Registration without accommodation is of course also available, for locals and folks with friends or family in London.
As I mentioned in the first heads-up email, these meetings are a great opportunity for students to present to a focused but friendly, small group. The costs are kept as low as possible intentionally to allow supervisors to bring their whole lab. I encourage you to register early, before someone invites you to spend that weekend painting the basement or … but never fear, I will send monthly reminder emails.
Registration is now live at: https://conference.has.uwo.ca/Register/default.aspx?code=C000828
The link for accommodations at Ontario Hall will come in your emailed registration receipt.
International Mountain Trekking, a small company which offers custom-designed trips to the Himalayas, is organizing the first citizen/scientist mushroom trek this June to Everest Base Camp, at the height of Nepal’s mushroom season. The trek will be led by Shiva Devkota, Ph.D, Nepal’s leading mycologist. Dr. Devkota will join experienced Sherpa guides to lead this trek through rugged forested terrain, deep river-carved gorges and multiple climate zones that support dozens of rare and interesting mushrooms, plants and medicinal herbs.
Nights will be at comfortable mountain lodges, and evenings will be spent learning about (and, when possible, cooking and eating) the mushrooms found during forays, and about the ecological and evolutionary processes at work in this mountainous region. A video about the trek is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEYicjLxUYU&t=4s
One of the goals of this trek is to lay the groundwork for a systematic review of the mushrooms of the Himalayas, with the future goal of publishing a comprehensive guide to the mushrooms of this region.
The 16-day trek, which runs from June 13 through June 28, 2020, will culminate at the picturesque village of Phortse, home to the trek's Sherpa guides and the Khumbu Climbing Center, and will coincide with the Buddhist festival of Dumji.
Public Health Ontario has published a new Evidence Brief: Foraged Mushroom Consumption in Ontario.
From the introduction to the document:
Wild mushroom foraging for consumption is an unregulated practice in Ontario with potential health risks, particularly to inexperienced foragers. Many species of wild mushroom are poisonous and health effects of such species can range from mild to severe, including death. However, serious poisonings are rare. While there are no reported cases of poisoning linked to commercial foraging, over a thousand calls were made to the Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) over a recent 5-year period that were mushroom-related. At least 90 cases resulted in hospital admission.
The results of the review showed:
- There are no simple tests to determine if a mushroom is poisonous. Safe consumption of wild mushrooms and other wild foods requires they be correctly identified by knowledgeable harvesters. However, currently there is no mechanism for licensing or accrediting wild mushroom foragers.
- While wild mushrooms can be found in Ontario’s farmers’ markets, certain farmers’ market food vendors are exempt from the Food Premises Regulation.
- Assessments and inspections may be carried out at farmers’ markets to ensure compliance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
The resource can be found at: