The Fungarium & The Millenium Seed Bank Partnership:
A Pair of 5-minute Documentaries on the Research Institutions at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. (Previously 1
, Previously 2
Fungus of the month
, since 1997. Discover the bright aqua green stain fungus
, which turns wood green, and was used by woodworkers in the Renaissance to add natural greens to inlaid wood work. Stinky and obscene dog stinkhorn fungus
(maybe NSFW), like pink wieners growing out of your mulch. And many more, poisonous
(warning: gross), hallucinogenic
, with interesting photos and stories, for what he calls "the myco-curious". Bonus: I survived the destroying angel
, an account of what happens if you eat a poisonous Amanita
mushroom and are really, really lucky. [more inside]
Industrial Strength Fungus.
At an organic farm just outside Monterey, Calif., a super-eco building material is growing in dozens of darkened shipping containers. The farm is named Far West Fungi
, and its rusting containers are full of all sorts of mushrooms--shiitake, reishi and pom-pom, to name a few. This new application of mushrooms is sometimes referred to as "mycotecture", but the idea of mycorestoration
[TED talk: "6 ways mushrooms can save the world"] is not new. [more inside]
Soon you may find yourself in the company of mushrooms.
If you're curious about them, Mykoweb
, Tom Volk's Fungi (especially his FOTM section)
, Fungal Jungal
, David Fischer's American Mushrooms
, BCERN's Matchmaker
and the recently mentioned Roger's Mushrooms
are remarkably handy, replete with descriptions and keys for reading up and identifying whether something growing in your yard is heavenly
. The North American Mycological Association maintains a list of affiliated clubs
, too, if you want to enlist help in identifying something.
Morel Sightings 2002
There's a fungus among us. Morels are one of the most highly sought-after, delectable wild mushrooms. Each spring, morel hunting goes into high gear in many parts of the country. This site has state-by-state reports. (mine is in MA) You can learn more about these spongy fungi here
. If you do go out foraging for them, just remember...if you don't know it, throw it!