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Britt Bunyard and Peter Russell lectures announced for June 2017

Basics of DNA Barcoding Applied to Waxcaps
Sunday, June 18, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
City College in upper Manhattan

Peter Russell was born and lived for 50 years in England. Originally a biologist (Ph.D. in Plant Population Biology), he has been, for many years, an active amateur mycologist. In England he belonged to various plant societies, and was fungi recorder for the Wildlife Trust, Sussex, UK.

Peter became interested in Waxcaps due to their importance as indicators of ancient undisturbed grassland, an increasingly rare and endangered habitat in Europe. He recorded over 250 grassland sites in his home county of Sussex, and uncovered some of the best Waxcap grasslands in the UK – several containing over 30 species.

For the last 10 years Peter has lived in the US and has forayed with COMA and NYMS. He picked up his old interests in Waxcaps, investigating the diversity and differences in species found in English grasslands, the East Coast Woodlands, and the West Coast Redwoods. To pursue this interest he joined a local community laboratory in Brooklyn (Genspace) where he has been DNA barcoding the specimens he collects from Europe and North America.

Britt Bunyard
Diptera Strangelove, Or, How the fly learned to stop worrying about amatoxins and love the death cap
Sunday, June 11, 2017
1:30 – 3:30
The Dana Center, Central Park

Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books, most recently Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012) by The Ohio State University Press.

He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic Magazine, PBS’s NOVA television program, and in 2016 was made Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He is the co-editor of MycoEpithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems (The FUNGI Press, 2016).

Emil Lang Lecture Series for 2017

Emil Lang Winter Lecture Series is announced.

Emil Lang Lecture Series for 2017

Lectures will be held on Monday nights, from 6:00-8:00, at the Central Park Arsenal. The entrance is just off 5th Ave. at 64th St.
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 5th Ave., Rm 318 (@ 64th St.)
New York, NY 10065

Monday February 27th
Jan Thornhill
“The Big World of Tiny Ascomycetes”

Jan Thornhill has been studying the plethora of amazing fungi she finds near her Central Ontario home for more than 25 years. Though she is not beyond eating the choice ones, she is much more interested in fungal diversity, ecology, and, particularly, collecting the weird and wonderful, all of which she obsessively photographs, catalogues, and preserves. For the past couple of years, she has been writing about her favorite oddities on her blog: Weird & Wonderful Wild Mushrooms. Jan is also a multi-award-winning writer and illustrator of science- and nature-based children’s books, most recently The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Groundwood) and I Am Josephine – and I Am a Living Thing (Owlkids).

Monday March 20th
John Dighton
“Mycorrhizae, Forests and Pollution”

John Dighton earned his B.Sc. Degree in Botany and Zoology from London University, a M.Sc. Degree in Ecology from Durham University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Queen Elizabeth College, London University. He worked for 15 years at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, UK where he worked on mycorrhizal fungi and nutrient dynamics of forest trees. Using a new assay developed with his colleagues he worked on contract with international forestry companies, Shell, Saapi, The Lord Dulverton and others to determine the nutritional status of temperate and sub-tropical tree crops. During this time he developed an interest in pollution effects on forest fungi, ranging from acid rain to nitrogen deposition and interactions with radionuclides. He moved to Rutgers University to run their Pinelands Field Station in 1994 and has been active in research with his students, covering many aspects of forest soil ecology, mycology and interactions with forest management and pollution. He teaches courses on Soil Ecology and Mycology. He is the author of three books, editor of 5 books and has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

Monday April 24th
Nicholas Money
“The Meaning of Life in 10 Mushrooms”

Nicholas Money is a gentleman of letters, mycologist, and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Once upon a time he spent 30 years studying fungal growth and reproduction. His experiments involved measuring the hydrostatic pressure inside the microscopic filaments produced by fungi and the forces used by these cells to penetrate plant and animal tissues. He also pioneered the application of ultra high-speed video to understand spore discharge mechanisms. Contrarian essays published by Nicholas have considered mushroom harvesting (its unsustainability), fungal taxonomy (its scientific and philosophical shortcomings), and the medicinal properties of mushrooms (their absence). He is the author of numerous books including Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard (2002) and The Amoeba in the Room (2014).

Eagle Hill Announces 2017 Mycology Weekend Workshops


May 21 – 27

Crustose Lichens of the Acadian Forest

Stephen Claydon

June 4 – 10

Undergraduate Field Studies:
Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens

Fred Olday

July 2 – 8

Lichens & Lichen Ecology

David Richardson and Mark Seaward

July 16 – 22

Boletes and Other Fungi of New England

Alan and Arleen Bessette

July 23 – 29

Lichens Biofilms and Stone

Judy  Jacob  and Michaela Schmull

July 30 – August 5

Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles:
Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey

August 6 – 12

Independent Studies: Interesting and Challenging
Saxicolous Lichens of North America

Alan Fryday

For complete information including tuition, seminar descriptions, and on-campus accommodations visit their website at:


Acute Toxicity of Phalloidins

[Editor’s Note: Debbie Viiess is an Amanita expert from northern California]

Acute Toxicity of Phalloidins: Amatoxin’s Silent Partner

Debbie Viess “amanitarita”

Amanita_phalloides_01Most of us know about amatoxins and deadly amanita poisonings: a terrible way to die and not much fun even if you survive, but you have to actually EAT phalloides to be poisoned by amatoxins. What most people don’t know is that the deadly amanitas also contain an even more potent and deadly toxin: phalloidin. Continue reading

Wildflower Week Fungi Walk at Inwood Hill Park

On Saturday, May 17th our Wildflower Week walk in Inwood Hill Park had a nice big group of the myco-curious. The weather was perfect, lots of mushrooms (see below) to introduce the gathering. See Gary Lincoff’s photos here.

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INWOOD HILL PARK / May 17, 2014

ASCOMYCETES Morchella diminutiva Xylariaceae spp. (undetermined)

JELLY FUNGI Exdia recisa

CRUST and PARCHMENT FUNGI Botryobasidium aureum Peniophora albobadia Stereum complicatum Stereum hirsutum

POLYPORES Cerrena unicolor Ganoderma applanatum Polyporus craterellus Polyporus squamosus Pycnoporus cinnabarinus Trametes hirsuta Trametes versicolor Trichaptum biforme

GILLED MUSHROOMS Agaricus bitorquis Coprinus sp. (tiny) Coprinus sp. (large) (not micaceus) Crepidotus crocophyllus Entoloma sp. Gymnopus sp. Mycena spp. Phylotopsis nidulans Psathyrella sp.