In this lecture, you will learn why you might want to use a microscope, what types of microscope there are, how to choose a microscope, how to measure microscopic characteristics of fungi, and the kinds of chemicals and reagents that are useful in fungal microscopy. Alan will also cover the important microscopic characteristics of fungi, how to prepare your slides, how to take photographs of what you’re seeing through the microscopes. He will also go over different kinds of spores that can help with the identification of various genera of fungi.
About Alan Rockefeller:
Alan Rockefeller is a mushroom identification specialist, public speaker, biohacker, photographer, and consultant who lives in Oakland, California.
Alan began his autonomous studies in the field of mycology in 2001, beginning with the collective fungi in California. Since then, he has traveled to various countries to collect and study mushrooms. He has photographed and scoped well over 1000 species of fungi, with a particular focus on fungi in the genus Psilocybe as well as bioluminescent fungi, especially Mycena. Through phylogenetic and microscopic analysis, he has identified several species not described in the scientific literature and co-authored a number of papers on Psilocybe, Mycena and Amanita.
Alan regularly identifies mushrooms on websites such as Mushroom Observer, Facebook, the Shroomery and iNaturalist. In the lab Alan sequences the DNA of mushrooms from all over the world, gaining new insights into existing species, discovering new ones and eliminating duplicates in the taxonomic record. He lectures and teaches widely and his (recorded) lectures on DNA sequencing, microscopy and psilocybe have been a valuable resource to many. Alan is also chief mycologist at MIMOSA Therapeutics.