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May/June 2018 Issue of the Mycophile!

Time for another great issue of The Mycophile!  In this issue we take a look at the popular furniture retailer Ikea and how they're looking at using biodegradable packaging made from mycelium in an effort to reduce waste.  Included in this issue are reviews for the books Mushrooms of the Southeast and two children's books aimed at introducing kids to the world of mushrooms Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms and Lamellia: The Wicked Queen.  A Voucher Report for the 2017 NAMA Foray in Cable, Wisconsin is provided by Patrick Leacock and information about the 2018 Annual NAMA Photo Contest is available.

Download the latest issue and find previous issues of The Mycophile by clicking here!


What is NAMA?

We've produced a new video about NAMA: what we do, who we are, what happens at a NAMA foray. Check it out on our new NAMA YouTube Channel! Click here to learn more about NAMA.

In Memoriam: Gary Lincoff

I'm sad to report the passing of Gary Lincoff, a driving force in the early years of NAMA, a great contributor to amateurs, and a constant educator to many, many beginners. He was the recipient in 1986 of the NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology, an award that was named in his honor two years ago: The Gary Lincoff Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. Gary was the second president of NAMA 1979-1988, and awards committee chair for many years.

His book, The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, published in 1981, was a watershed moment for people of all interests to the field of mycology. He organized NAMA's "exotic forays" to far places including Siberia, where he learned first hand about native uses of Amanita muscaria.

Gary led forays in New York every week of the year, no matter the weather. He was a constant participant in events across the nation including the Annual Gary Lincoff Foray, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. Gary was often the Principal Mycologist at the Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray. At the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival, participants in the annual parade dressed as "Gary Lincoff", incorporating his standard vest and hat into a costume.

Gary Lincoff was the author or editor of numerous books and articles on mushrooms, including his recent publication, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms. Gary's insights about edible and poisonous mushrooms, picking urban mushrooms, mushroom recipes, and his experiences with wild mushrooms in various cultures around the world make it a delightful read. He taught courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. A featured myco-visionary in the award-winning documentary "Know Your Mushrooms", Gary led mushroom study trips and forays around the world. Gary had his own website that includes much help for beginners, info on toxicity, and scientific articles on DNA classification of mushrooms.

Gary Lincoff's energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by mushroomers all over the world.

The New York Times has put together a wonderful obituary.  Click here to see the article...  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just published a wonderful obituary as well.

Canton, Mississippi Regional Foray
Registration now open!

Join us June 28 through July 1, 2018, at our first Mississippi Regional NAMA Foray, held at The Gray Center in Canton, Mississippi. We will explore several locations close to the Center as well as the Center grounds.

The rooms are all air conditioned and accessible. There are two twin beds in each room with a private bath. You can choose to stay in the main lodge or opt to share a cottage. The cottages have a shared meeting space, a full kitchen and a patio overlooking the lake. The Chief Mycologist will be Dr. Juan Luis Mata, Associate Professor, Biology, University of South Alabama.

Registration is now open and is limited to 60 NAMA members. Follow this link to register...

March/April 2018 Issue of the Mycophile

The March-April issue of The Mycophile, has good news about our main science initiative, the North American Mycoflora Project, and a significant contribution by Paul Stamets and Dusty Yao to fund DNA sequencing.  We’ve included a companion article about how clubs can get involved. Also in this issue, an article about promoting mushroom mini-farms in restaurants. There’s an engaging article by a NAMA member in Ontario, Canada, about a pink fungal mystery growing on lichens. Finally, an NPR article asking “are mushrooms medicine” reporting on research by a scientist at the University of Malaya.
Download The Mycophile 58;2

Renew Your Membership Today

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to renew your NAMA membership. In 2018, you’ll continue to enjoy all the benefits NAMA has to offer, including our newsletter, The Mycophile, full of educational articles, book reviews, and news about upcoming forays such as our annual foray near Salem, Oregon and a new regional foray near the historic Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.

Visit http://www.namyco.org/join.php and select the “renew membership” button at the top of the page. Members of affiliated clubs receive a $5 discount. For only $25 ($30 for non-affiliated members), you will receive 6 issues of The Mycophile, learn about the NA Mycoflora Project, and stay connected to this wonderful world of fungi.

If you have a question about your membership, please contact Steve Bichler at membership@namyco.org.

David Rust
NAMA President

New White Paper: strategies to reduce risks and expand appreciation of foraged wild mushrooms

A new paper aimed at reducing mushroom poisonings and increasing education about edible foraged mushrooms has been published by Anna Bazzicalupo, and her mentor at the University of British Columbia, Dr Mary Berbee.

Poisonings by mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and British Columbia (Canada) will likely increase because of rising interest in foraging for wild food. Among these, serious poisonings may also increase because the non-native death cap mushroom Amanita phalloides is spreading in our cities, parks and orchards. In this paper, we outline goals for the development and dissemination of information on edible and poisonous mushrooms for healthcare professionals and the general public. To improve on the miniscule 5% of mushrooms identified following calls to poison centers, clear procedures for front-line workers should be developed and implemented so that samples of ingested and potentially poisonous mushrooms are routinely and rapidly conveyed to mycological experts for identification. Through collaboration with mushroom clubs, we recommend expanding training in identification. In consultation with regional governments, voluntary certification programs to help consumers recognize high quality in retailed foraged mushrooms should be developed.

To read the full paper, follow this link...


Lichen Basics

Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). The major component is a fungus (mycobiont), hence they are classified as fungi — the vast majority being ascomycetes. Lichens are fungi that have taken up farming, and they are known as lichenized fungi. There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose.
To see the page on Lichens written by Dorothy Smullen, follow this link...

Meet Debra Shankland
Great Lakes Regional Trustee

Debra Shankland is a Naturalist by profession, working for private, non-profit nature centers and regional park districts for over 23 years. Having a passion for ecological integrity and a curious mind, she naturally gravitated toward the study of mycology. She joined the Ohio Mushroom Society (OMS) in November 2002, and became a life member seven years later. She attended as many forays as possible, taking time off work and driving over 100 miles when necessary. Eventually, she learned how to identify mushrooms, but the history, uses, ecology and beautiful colors and textures of mushrooms were more important in her mind.

While not an expert identifier, she offered assistance to the OMS in other ways, and became the club's president in 2014. She considers it an honor to work with the amazingly intelligent, interesting and amiable fellow board volunteers to offer enjoyable educational opportunities for OMS members.