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Mushrooms & Mushoom Corals

Fungi NewsClub member Karen Ranucci sent in this fascinating web page from Mother Jones that compares and connects aquatic mushroom corals to terrestrial fungi:

Deciphering Balsamic Vinegars

In the NewsMaria Reidelbach sent in this excellent explanation of the different types of balsamic vinegar on the market.

Technically, the vinegar making process is bacterial and not fungal--but it's a good read despite the lack of mushooms.

Species Lists for late October are Posted

Society NewsSpecies Lists for FWF 10/25/10, Clove Lakes Park 10/31/10 & Wolf’s Pond Park, Staten Island, Nov. 7, 2010 are below, READ MORE.

Oregon mushroom picker found dead of exposure

In the NewsI've been following this story in my home-state paper, The Oregonian. The mushroom hunter was found after being missing for 3 days, and only 2000 feet away from her vehicle.

A reminder to always tell folks where you're hunting and to go with a buddy whenever possible.



And so it goes...

In the NewsRead about Mark Twain Vonnegut's experience with a poisonous mushroom (probably Clitocybe dealbata) that appeared in the September 26 edition of the New York Times Magazine.

Reading this piece may cause you to reconsider the wisdom of mushroom identification from photographs.

'Zombie ants' controlled by parasitic fungus for 48m years

In the NewsImages: carpenter-ant-and-fungus-006.jpg
I spotted this entertaining headline about new fossil evidence related
to Ophiocordyceps unilateralis and thought I'd share.

Here's a link to the full Guardian article.

Gary Lincoff's Stony Brook Walk Report

Society NewsStony Brook, August 7, 2010

Harriman Park is so dry right now that the park is likely to be closed very soon because of the fire danger. While we found very few mushrooms compared to other years at this location, we were pleased to find a very fresh White Chicken mushroom (Laetiporus Cincinnatus) at the base of a chestnut oak near the beginning of the trail. The other good edibles included a few large choice specimens of the Corrugated Milk Cap (Lactariuscorrugis) anda few small Distant-gilled Milk Cap (Lactariushygrophoroides). We found a dozen or so species of boletes, but few were either fresh or large enough to collect for dinner. There were several small mushrooms pushing up through the dried moss banks, and the mushroom of the day was a red Russula, something close to Russulasilvicola. Altogether we only found about 2 dozen different mushrooms, but considering the conditions, these have to be thought of as the core species that fruit even in dry conditions. As for rain, it must have rained here a week or so ago for the chicken mushroom to fruit and for the baby mushrooms to be pushing up, but except for the red Russulas dotting the slopes along the trail, you wouldn’t have seen any mushrooms today if you were with any of the hiking groups we passed. Another foray to this location is on the schedule for late August. Let’s hope the area gets some good rains between now and then.

For a species list,

Mycoremidiation and the BP Oil Spill

NewsletterPLUSThis came in from club member Leah Faerstein:

We signed up to, a group that collects mostly hair and fur to make booms to protect the beaches from oil. From one of their updates, I found these paragraphs:

First, mats made from human hair, invented by hair stylist Phil McCrory  of <>  after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, were used by  surfers and concerned citizens to clean up San Francisco's Ocean Beach in  November of 2007. Next, Paul Stamets of <http://www.fungicom>  donated Oyster mushroom  spawn which shoots out millions of roots, clinging to the mesh of oil-soaked  hairmats, helping to break down the hydrocarbon bonds in oil to hopefully turn the toxic  waste into landscape-grade fertilizer. The natural process is called “mycoremediation."

And also:

The Oily-Hairmat-Eating Mushroom Project at the Presidio is headed up by  Lisa Craig Gautier, founder of, an ecological public charity.  “The amazing support and media excitement for this project has been  inspiring". The applications of this organic method has world wide  potential for environmental restoration. “People are attracted to  it because everyone understands oily hair and can track photos on  showing how  the remediation research is working away on bunker fuel and used motor oil,  a worse polluter of our oceans." Says Gautier. A wide range of agencies  and organizations have come together to collaborate and advise on this project,  including the Presidio Trust, the California Department of Toxic Substances  and Control, the San Francisco Departments of the Environment, Emergency  Services and Public Health, SF Mycological Society, St. Vincent de Paul  Society and The East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse.

For more information, visit

Mushrooms May Inhibit the Formation of Aortal Plaque

In the NewsSigrid Junkermann sent a link to an article appearing in the Nutrition Journal: Both common and specialty mushrooms inhibit adhesion molecule expression and in vitro binding of monocytes to human aortic endothelial cells in a pro-inflammatory environment. Go here to read more. I did not see any mention of butter in the abstract... :-p

A Curious Case of Mushroom Poisoning in China

In the NewsHundreds of deaths during the late summer in small villages in China. Why?

To read about this go here
Curious Case

Long Island Mushroom Farmer

NewsletterPLUSClub member Dorota Kolodziejczyk sent this in:

"Here's an interesting interview with a mushroom farmer in Long Island from the Serious Eats website."

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