- If you’re hungry try the Recipes page.
- For “How to Pick” info, look at the article “Picking Mushrooms Responsibly.”
- If you’re thinking about selling wild mushrooms, read the article on Food Safety Certification Training.
- For foray leaders you will want to review the checklist.
“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….”
- Minnesota Mycological Society Good programs and identification at meetings and on forays usually within two hours of the twin cities.
- North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Great annual forays (Cable, WI in September 2017!), educational materials, speakers bureau, and mushroom poisoning experts. They also have an extensive list of books and other resources.
- Wisconsin Mycological Society Activities are mostly around the Milwaukee area, but they have a big foray in Hiles, north central Wisconsin each year.
- Northstate Mycological Club in the Minoqua, WI area.
- Illinois Mycological Society Pat Leacock and Michael Kuo are members.
- Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club also does a foray in the UP and on Isle Royale!
- Hoosier Mushroom Society with Steve Russel heading up the mycoflora project.
- Mycological Society of Toronto hosts an annual foray in Algonquin Park and meets on the grounds of the Botanical Society.
- Ohio Mushroom Society where Walt Sturgeon hangs out.
Suggested Reading and References
Kuo, Michael and Andrew Methven, Mushrooms of the Midwest, University of Illinois Press, 2014.
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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