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Fungi Factoid

“Ninety percent of all plants form mycorrhizal associations with fungi.” [Nicholas Money in The Fungi] Mostly these are in the fungal phylum Glomeromycota that don’t form ‘mushrooms’ at all. The one example of a glomeromycete that is not mychorrhizal, Geosiphon pyrifome, makes bladders that contain nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria. Trees have some friends. Some of our best edibles (boletes, chanterelles, truffles) are mycorrhizal and are in the phyla Basidiomycota or Ascomycota.

Online Resources for Mushrooming and Mycology

(A very partial list)

  • MushroomExpert Lots of understandable information about fungi, how to study them, and identification keys that you can use to ID your mushrooms.
  • Mushroom Observer Thousands of fungi pictures and peer help with identification if you upload a picture (free registration necessary to upload)
  • The Forager Chef Wonderful recipes and how-to from Minneapolis based chef.
  • indexfungorum.org Current and historical fungal taxonomy to use the right name
  • MMS Newcomer Packet Great information on how to describe fungi.
Other Groups “…If you’re traveling in the north country fair….”

Suggested Reading and References

Kuo, Michael and Andrew Methven, Mushrooms of the Midwest, University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest Teresa Marrone and Kathy Yerich, Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms, Adventure Publications, 2014.

 

NAMA Mushroom Poisoning Information

As a club affiliated with the North American Mycological Association, there are things we can do to help.  The NAMA website has an informative “poisonings” section with detailed information about symptoms for various kinds of ingested toxins, the most visited page on the site: http://www.namyco.org/mushroom_poisoning_syndromes.php

If you know anyone who has had an unfortunate experience eating wild mushrooms this season, including pets, I encourage you to file an online poison report.  NAMA collects these reports, and reports from its web of emergency mushroom identifiers, into an extensive database of mushroom poisonings through the decades.

Be safe.  If in doubt, throw it out!

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