Myco-Consortium talk Feb. 25: Noah Siegel

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Friday, Februrary 25th at 7pm:

Money in the Bankeraceae; Taking a Bite Into Tooth Fungi

A talk by Noah Siegel
Friday, February 25, 7pm

Noah will explore the Bankeraceae, a group of tooth fungi that include Hydnellum, Sarcodon, Phellodon and Bankera, including the latest changes, and tips on identification of this tricky group.


About Noah Siegel

Noah Siegel has spent over three decades seeking, photographing, identifying and learning about macrofungi in the US and Canada as well as New Zealand, Australia and Cameroon. He is an esteemed photographer of fungi with a technique that maximizes utility for identification purposes while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic appeal. His photographs have been featured in Fungi magazine, mushroom books and club publications. He is co-author (with Christian Schwarz) of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive guide for the northern California coast, and is currently working on a guide to the Pacific Northwest. Noah travels and lectures across America, following the fungi from coast to coast, and everywhere in between.

You can follow Noah on iNat and Instagram.

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February 15th Speaker Series Video Available

Ludovic Le Renard's presentation Patterns of Evolution in the Fossil Record of Fungi is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.

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Ludovic was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, near Paris. He completed his undergraduate degree in organismal biology and a Masters in interdisciplinary approach to life sciences in France before moving to Vancouver for his PhD. Ludovic completed his PhD at UBC under the supervision of Mary Berbee in 2019, interpreting the fossil record of fly-speck fungi. Now a Postdoctoral Fellow in UBC, he continues to compare the anatomy of live fungi with similar looking fossils to unveil patterns of fungal evolution through geologic time.

Myco-Consortium talk Feb. 18: Tom Horton

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Friday, Februrary 18th at 7pm:

A Mycocentric View of the Wood Wide Web

A talk by Tom Horton
Friday, February 18, 7pm

We recently heard Suzanne Simard discuss her revolutionary finding that the trees in the forest are connected to each other by a fungal web, and that they are sharing nutrients and more via that web. But how is that web formed? What is really happening as different fungal species interact with different trees' roots and with each other? What sorts of recognition and movement are going on underground? The mycorrhizal network is behaving in ways that are surprisingly complex, and this complexity is rarely referred to — probably because it's microscopic, underground and difficult to decode. While Suzanne was figuring out the web by feeding labelled CO2 to the leaves of trees, Tom was working on identifying the fungi at the roots of trees. The opportunity to hear both talks will give us a rare and valuable top-to-bottom view of the wood wide web.


About Tom Horton

After getting his BA at Humboldt State University, Tom went on to get an MA in Ecology & Systematics at San Francisco State U, where he investigated the role of mycorrhizal fungi associated with chaparral plants facilitating Douglas-fir establishment. Dr. Tom Parker, a plant ecologist was his main advisor, but he was lucky to also work closely with Dr. Harry Thiers and Dr. Dennis Desjardin. Continuing to work with eminent mycologists, he got his PhD at UC Berkeley with Tom Bruns, focusing on the use of molecular tools to investigate underground ectomycorrhizal communities. He did his post-doc at Oregon State U. under Drs. Randy Molina and Jim Trappe, continuing to study mycorrhizal fungi and plant dynamics. He is now a professor at SUNY Syracuse where his projects follow his general interest in knowing how the life history of ectomycorrhizal fungi influence plant succession and plant community dynamics in general.

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MST joins Myco-Consortium Zoom series

Myco-Consortium Zoom Talks

The Mycological Society of Toronto has joined a Myco-Consortium for shared Zoom talks.

There are currently 14 clubs ranging from Eastern Pennsylvania up to Newfoundland and south as far as Washington DC. The founding clubs of the consortium are New York, New Jersey and Boston.

We will have access to live zoom talks almost every other week and their recordings. The talks are on Friday evenings at 7pm with occasional exceptions.

We will post the detailed announcement (photo, bio, talk abstract and zoom link) the weekend before the talk.

Upcoming Talks

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Past Talks

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Date: Friday February 18, 2022, 7pm ET
Presenter: Tom Horton
Topic: Mycocentric view of the wood wide web

DateFriday February 25, 2022, 7pm ET
Presenter: Noah Siegel
Topic: The Bankeraceae

Date: Sunday March 6, 2022, 1pm ET
Presenter: Machiel Noordeloos
Topic: Monitoring and studying the diversity of higher fungi in primary sand dunes along the Dutch Atlantic Coast

DateFriday March 18, 2022, 7pm ET
Presenter: Susan Hopkins
Topic: Dye Fungi

DateFriday March 25, 2022, 7pm ET
Presenter: Richard W. Kerrigan
Topic: Agaricus of North America

There is no recording for this talk

DateFriday April 1, 2022, 7pm ET
Presenter: James Scott
Topic: On the Trail of Whiskey Fungus

DateFriday April 8, 2022, 7pm ET
Presenter: William Padilla-Brown
Topic: Cordyceps

Date: April 15, 2022
Presenter: Greg Marley
Topic: Mushroom poisonings

Date: April 22, 2022
Presenter: Michael Warnock
Topic: Indoor Fungi

Date: April 29, 2022
Presenter: Joao Araujo
Topic: The Biology Behind the Zombie Ant Fungi

Date: May 3, 2022
Presenter: Kurt Miller
Topic: Diversity of Tropical Fungi in Puerto Rico

Date: May 6, 2022
Presenter: Cathie Aime
Topic: Illuminating the Dark Fungi

Date: May 13, 2022
Presenter: Sigrid Jacob
Topic: An Introduction to DNA Sequencing

Date:June 10, 2022
Presenter: Jacob Kalichman
Topic: Mushroom Forms, or: Macro-macromorphology

Date: June 12, 2022 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Henry Beker
Topic: The Hebeloma Project: Database to Website and Development of an AI Species Identifier

Date: June 17, 2022
Presenter: Sarah DeLong-Duhon
Topic: Rediscovering Common Species Using Molecular Biology: Stereum ostrea and Its Forgotten Cousins

Date: June 19, 2022 11am ET
Presenter: Leif Ryvarden
Topic: A Life Among Polypores

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