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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Spring 2022 Myco-Consortium Zoom series

Spring 2022 Myco-Consortium Zoom Talks

From February to June 2022, the Mycological Society of Toronto participanted in a Myco-Consortium for shared Zoom talks. There were 14 clubs ranging from Eastern Pennsylvania up to Newfoundland and south as far as Washington DC. The founding clubs of the consortium were New York, New Jersey and Boston.

Most talks were recorded, and video links are below for members who are signed in.


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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

Speaker Series February 15th at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom this coming Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

Patterns of Evolution in the Fossil Record of Fungi

Presented by Ludovic Le Renard

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.

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November 18th Speaker Series Video Available

Else Vellinga's presentation Fungal Conservation: reasons, venues, and what you and your club can do is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.

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Else Vellinga is a mycologist who is interested in naming and classifying mushroom species in California and beyond, especially Parasol mushrooms. She has described 22 species as new for California, and most recently worked at the herbaria at UC Berkeley and SFSU for the Macrofungi and Microfungi Collections Digitization projects. She got her training at the national herbarium in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the university of Leiden. Her main goal is to contribute to the conservation of mushroom species, and for that reason she has proposed several species for the IUCN global database of endangered species. She tries to keep current with the mushroom literature. Else is also an avid knitter and likes to use mushroom dyed yarn for her creations.