2018 State of the World’s Fungi

Kew Gardens has released their 2018 “State of the World’s Fungi” report:

The facts and figures contained in the pages of the 2018 State of the World’s Fungi report and this website will probably come as a total revelation to many people. The first of its kind outlining the state of the world’s fungi, the report and associated website highlight just how important fungi are to all life on Earth. It is clear that Fungi should definitely be viewed on a par with the plant and animal Kingdoms and that we have only just started to scratch the surface of knowledge of this incredible and diverse group of organisms. What also becomes apparent is that when looking for nature-based solutions to some of our most critical global challenges, fungi could provide many of the answers.



Britt Bunyard Lecture 8-20 @ 6:30pm

Britt Bunyard, PhD (Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi) will give a lecture for PPMS about Amanitas on Monday, August 20 @ 6:30pm at Penrose Library.

His lecture, titled From Lowly Saprobe to Mycorrhizal Masters: Amanitas (A Tale Told in the DNA), will give an overview of all aspects (biology, taxonomy, chemistry, physiology) of the beautiful Amanita mushrooms of North America. Everyone is familiar with the mushrooms but how much do we really know about what they are doing in the forest? How much do we know about their history and evolution? It turns out that a recent discovery–using modern molecular biology–led to an amazing discovery about their evolutionary past. Amanitas are mycorrhizal symbionts with forest trees but come from saprobic ancestors. The story is told in their DNA. Newbies and non mycologists will not be overwhelmed; advanced mycologists will not be bored, this discussion is for everyone with lots of beautiful images.

Not to be missed!


The Colorado Mycological Society invites you to its Annual Celebration of Wild Mushrooms!

Sunday, August 12

Denver Botanic Gardens
Gates Hall
1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Local wild mushrooms on display
Bring mushrooms – we’ll identify them
Mushroom books and T-shirts for sale
Educational exhibits and presentations

The art and science of fungi will be on display. Mushrooms collected from our Rocky Mountain region will be identified, cataloged and presented in displays for everyone to enjoy and learn. Member crafts all incorporating fungi and ranging from papermaking to photography will be on display. Kids can experience fungi face painting and chalk drawing with member and guest artists. The process of fungi cultivation will be demonstrated.


Weekend forays

We found some fun stuff on our scout today so we are scheduling club forays for Saturday AND Sunday! All club members will receive memos in their inboxes. If you want to join the group your timing is perfect! Head to our JOIN page and sign up—it’s VERY easy!

North American Mycoflora Project

Andy Wilson talked about the Colorado Mycoflora Project at tonight’s lecture. Here’s the website of the North American Mycoflora Projecthttp://mycoflora.org/

You can find the Colorado Mycoflora Project page here: http://mycoflora.org/component/spsimpleportfolio/item/4-colorado-mycoflora

He recommended using iNaturalist to document samples we collect  for the Mycoflora project. You can find more information about this app here: https://www.inaturalist.org/