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]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Apr 30, 2011 -
The International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2010
- "Researchers are generating mind-boggling volumes of data at exponentially increasing rates. The ability to process that information and display it in ways that enhance understanding is an increasingly important aspect of the way scientists communicate with each other and—especially—with students and the general public. That's why, for the past 8 years, Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have co-sponsored annual challenges to promote cutting-edge efforts to visualize scientific data, principles, and ideas. This year's awardees
span scales from nanoparticles to colliding galaxies, and from microseconds to millennia."
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Feb 19, 2011 -
Various Japanese plants (and fungi) spring to life in Omni/ScienceNet's "Action Plant" series of time-lapse videos
shot in Kōchi prefecture.
posted by gman
on Nov 9, 2010 -
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]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates
on Feb 3, 2010 -
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.
posted by cog_nate
on Feb 21, 2007 -
Lichens of North America
'This website grew out of the activities of Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff, who did the photographic fieldwork for the book Lichens of North America, by Irwin M.Brodo and the Sharnoffs, published in November, 2001 by Yale University Press ... ' - the human uses of lichens
, a lichen sampler
, lichen portraits
('This lichen is used medicinally in India as a poultice to induce copious urination, as a linament and an incense for headaches, and also as a powder to help wounds heal.'
) ... more lichen links.
Related interest :- The Hidden Forest
, photos of lichens, fungi, mosses and slime moulds of the New Zealand bush.
posted by plep
on Nov 20, 2003 -
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!
posted by martk
on May 23, 2002 -