Presenter: Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D.
Presentation Title: Fungal Identity and Conflict in Spalted Wood
Date: Sunday, Jan. 23rd at 6:30 pm
Description: For 45 years as a student and scientist, Kevin has studied the activity and value of wood decay fungi, particularly in living trees and healthy forests. A Portland, ME resident, he is continually amazed by the rich fungal community, even in wintertime Maine. Kevin is a Supervisory Plant Physiologist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH. For many mushroom enthusiasts, questions of fungal identity drive decisions to forage food and medicine or to assess risk of damage to lawns and landscape trees. For some artisanal woodworkers, specific fungal interactions result in zone lines and other wood discolorations (collectively known as spalting) that enhance the character and economic value of a wooden object. This presentation will focus on the concept of self versus non-self recognition for common, local wood decay fungi and how that results in spalted wood.
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