The Mycophile 57:4 has been released!

In this issue we cover Amatoxin Mushroom Poisonings in North America from 2015 to 2016, and follow it up with a Summary of Voluntary Reporting covering the same years. Take a dive into exposing the value of Past NAMA Collections with Stephen Russell. Get your cameras ready because you can also find information about the NAMA Photo Contest in this edition!

Download The Mycophile 57:4

Study Amanitaceae at greater depth!

Dr. Rod Tulloss will hold a four and a half day seminar at Wildacres Retreat, N.C. prior to the regional foray in September. The emphasis of the seminar will be on the genetics of the Amanita family. Beginning with the focus on genes as a blueprint to be copied in a four letter alphabet, then moving through mutations, the genetic tools, terminology and applications for sequencing DNA, participants should develop the skills to do their own analyses and enrich their comprehension of this intriguing group. Check out the NAMA Events page for more information.

Register for the NAMA 2017 Foray!

Registration is open for the NAMA 2017 Northwoods foray!  Meet with us in the lovely Northwoods of Wisconsin known for massive white pines and old growth that has been fostering mushrooms for centuries.  Stay at the comfortable Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon near Cable, Wisconsin and enjoy state-themed dinners, a terrific lake view and many other wonderful amenities!  For more information and to register check out the NAMA 2017 Northwoods Foray Event.  We look forward to seeing you in September!

Come Celebrate 20 Years of 2017 Wildacres Foray!

September 28- October 1, 2017 | Wildacres, North Carolina

The Wildacres 2017 Foray is scheduled for September 28-October 1. Wildacres Retreat, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, not too far from Spruce Pine, North Carolina, is renowned for the identification of new species to the foray and to the identification of new species to the mushroom kingdom. You will have the opportunity to search for fungi along the creek sides of Armstrong Creek, Linville Falls and Crab Tree Falls, in the highlands of Mount Mitchell, and in many other areas along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Our mycologist for this year is Brandon Matheny, from the University of Tennessee. Brandon’s knowledge of the fungi of the Great Smoky Mountains makes him an absolute asset to our foray. Come join us for this 20th Year Wildacres celebration. This foray is limited to 40 NAMA members. Registration is expected to go quickly this year. More information can be found on our Events page!

2016 Photography Contest Winners

Every year the North American Mycological Association sponsors a photography contest to showcase the wonderful world of mushrooms and mycology. At this years foray at Shenandoah Valley, Virginia the 2016 photography contest winners were announced! Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you everyone who participated in this years contest! We hope to see more of your photography in the future! To see the contest results, visit the 2016 Photography Contest page.

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 the New Regional Trustee


Dr. Philip Carpenter has been a mushroom enthusiast since he was a young child in the Midwest where he picked morels during annual spring family outings. His move to California in the early 1970’s led to a revival of both his culinary interests as well as his scientific interest because of the large quantity and variety of species in the coastal region of the Central Coast.

In 1979, with the release of the first edition of Mushrooms Demystified, he took an introductory identification class from the author of that field guide, David Arora. Since that time Phil has been amassing knowledge of local species. He joined the newly formed mushroom club, The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, in the first month of inception in 1984 and has been an active member ever since. He has been an officer in the club every year except the first, including serving as Prime Minister (President) for 12 years and Science Advisor for 10. He has been a planner and active contributor to the well-known annual Fungus Fair for over 25 years.  With retirement from the workplace, he has become more involved with NAMA and attends as many NAMA sponsored events as he can.