The Arizona Mushroom Society is now accepting on-line registrations

laetiporus coniferocola - brian marshall

As reported previously, the Arizona Mushroom Club disbanded last month upon the retirement of its longtime President, Dr. Chester Leathers. Several other leaders of the club have also decided to take a … Continue reading

AZ Mushroom Club 2015 winter meeting and potluck dinner set for December 10

AMC-Foray-Aug-2015-Chet-Leathers

The date for the 2015 holiday potluck dinner and member meeting of the Arizona Mushroom Club  has been set for Thursday, December 10. As usual, it will take place at the Maricopa … Continue reading

How you can help the ICOM8 mycology conference in Flagstaff

A few months ago, I posted news of the 8th International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM8) taking place at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff next month. The official program for the meeting has … Continue reading

ICOM8 mycological conference taking place this year in Flagstaff

A mycorrhiza is the name for a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and the roots of a vascular plant. Many of our favorite edible mushrooms, such as the boletes and chanterelles, … Continue reading

A Cave In Spain Contains the Earliest Known Depictions of Mushrooms

Selva Pascuala mushrooms

From Leon Shernoff’s excellent Mushroom, the Journal, an interesting article about the earliest artistic depiction of mushrooms. These were painted on a cave wall at Selva Pascuala in Spain some … Continue reading

NAU Bark Beetle Researcher Fights Back With Fungus

  Here’s a story that should be of considerable local interest. All of us who spend time in the woods of Arizona’s high country have seen the devastation wrought by bark … Continue reading

The old question: Cut vs. pick?

Morels on the San Juan fire

With the great October fire morel flush of 2014 in progress, and the Arizona Mushroom Club about to go on foray in a day or two, the question arises anew: … Continue reading

Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

Lightning bolt over Pritzerbe, Germany

De tuberibus haec traduntur peculiariter: Cum fuerint imbres autumnales, ac tonitrua crebra, tune nasci, & maxime e tonitribus. [Pliny the Elder, Hist. Nat., Bk 19:37] (If the air is troubled … Continue reading

Cauliflower Tales: Arizona’s unique Sparassis

Sparassis americana var. arizonica

The North American Mycological Association’s journal of amateur American mycology, McIlvainea, is a rich source of information for the intermediate and advanced mushroom enthusiast. It’s available online for free at the NAMA … Continue reading

Recap of the 2014 Telluride Mushroom Festival

If you ever wanted to spend four or five days completely immersed in the Kingdom of Fungi, there’s no place on earth like the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado, held at … Continue reading

Boletus rubriceps, a new species of porcini from the southwestern USA

It has been a long time coming, but a paper by David Arora and Jonathan Frank that was published yesterday in North American Fungi makes the case that the red-capped … Continue reading