September/October 2017 Issue of the Mycophile

For those of you who are fortunate enough to have signed up for the NAMA foray, Britt Bunyard has some important information in the first article to help you decide what to wear, what to bring, etc. If you have any mushroom-related material or books that you are willing to pass along, please consider donating them to the NAMA foray auction.

My favorite article of the final issue under my editorship is Susan Goldhor’s ‘Smart Plant Seeks Meaningful Relationship with Compatible Fungi”. I am certain you will love it too. Other excellent contributions include a piece by archivist David Rose on myco-guru Samuel Ristich, John Dawson’s article on Jean Pierre Francois Camille Montagne, David Rust’s articles on the NEMF and the NAMA White Mountains Regional Foray in Arizona, and a satirical ‘tongue-in-cheek’ description of popular trends in mycology especially intriguing to a younger generation. (Apologies to 'Radical Mycology’). And we also have a great book review by Steve Trudell on James Ginns’ Polypores of British Columbia (Fungi: Basidiomycota).

I hope you have enjoyed reading The Mycophile over the past five years. It was a privilege to step in as editor. I have learned a lot working under the tutelage of David Rust, Michael Beug and particularly Steve Trudell. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at future NAMA forays!

Dianna Smith

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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...

2017 Memorial Fellowship Recipient


Cat Adams, a PhD student at UC Berkeley, is the 2017 recipient of the NAMA Memorial Fellowship.

Cat is interested in how chemical ecology influences interactions between plants and fungi. For her PhD in Tom Bruns’ lab, Cat is studying the invasive ectomycorrhizal fungus, Amanita phalloides. The death cap mushroom kills more people than any other mushroom, but how the deadly amatoxins influence its invasion remains unexplored.

Previously, Cat earned her M.A. with Anne Pringle at Harvard University. Her thesis examined fungal pathogens of the wild Bolivian chili pepper, Capsicum chacoense, and how the fungi evolved tolerance to spice. With the Joint Genome Institute, she is now sequencing the genome of one fungal isolate, a Phomopsis species, to better understand the novel enzymes these fungi wield to outwit their plant host.