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Mushroom University 2017

Gary Lincoff—leading mycologist and author of the Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms—will again be our instructor.

The class will be held at Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100 in Katonah from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

March 4, 11, 18

April 8, 15, 22

This year’s program surveys a number of mycological topics:

March 4: All the weird and wonderful mushrooms we find and don’t know what to say about (hint: our really common cyphelloid fungi and less common secotioid fungi). Featuring special guest Larry Millman.

March 11: Ascomycetes. How do they relate to one another? What are they doing out there? Why do we need to know about them? Answer in part: to protect our plants and ourselves. And, it’s time, folks, to recognize our lichens as the Ascomycetes that all but a very few are. Is their ability to turn their housing (ecology) into a kitchen (the algae) to feed themselves (photosynthesis), a sign of progress in evolution?

March 18: Gilled mushroom identification with an emphasis on the genus Agaricus (thanks to Rick Kerrigan’s new book). Once you know this genus you’re a genius, simple as that.

April 8: Gilled Mushrooms (Part 2): An exploration into Mycogeography. Why can we find Shaggy Manes in northern Alaska and Tierra del Fuego—and the Amazon basin!—but not, say, Lactarius indigo? Is there a northern hemisphere/southern hemisphere divide or a pan-tropical zone for mushrooms that will never reach us? Just why are the gilled mushrooms distributed about the planet the way they are, and is this the way it has always been?

April 15: Mushrooms with Pores: The Boletes. Making good use of the just published Boletes of Eastern North America.

April 22: Mushrooms with Pores: The Polypores (and some poroid crust fungi). The mushrooms that never seem to disappear from view—what they are and how they make a living—and what kind of health care plan do they carry, and is that good for us, too?

Registration is open only to COMA members. The fee is $115. Participants must register before the first class.

If you are not a member at the time you register, your registration will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded. For more information about membership, or to join, click here.

Thank you for your interest. Registration is closed because the class is full.

Mushroom U class led by Gary Lincoff

Mushroom U class led by Gary Lincoff