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30 June , Saturday, 9:30am, Stonewood Trail, Stonewood Drive, Freeport. Host; Cheryl St. Pierre 725-4875 or 607-9226
This property is managed by the Freeport Conservation Trust and has well-marked trails. At the start of the trail you will find yourself in an upland forest with a large vernal pool area. The trails continue gently up and down, crossing streams and wet areas, through coastal mixed forest of large spruce, hemlock, and pine with middle age oak, fir and birch.
Directions: DeLorme map 6.
Take I-295 to exit 20 (Desert Road). Turn east on Desert Rd. towards Freeport Village. At the traffic light turn right onto rte. 1 south. Travel 1.2 miles to Stonewood Drive on your left, directly across from The Bike and Ski Shop. Drive to the end of Stonewood Dr. (About 0.1 mile) to the trailhead and parking.
“Environment and host as large-scale controls of ectomycorrhizal fungi” can be found in Nature Volume 558, pp. 243–248 (2018). By the way, I’ve never seen so many authors on an article before–Sietse van der Linde, Laura M. Suz, C. David L. Orme, Filipa Cox, Henning Andreae, Endla Asi, Bonnie Atkinson, Sue Benham, Christopher Carroll, Nathalie Cools, Bruno De Vos, Hans-Peter Dietrich, Johannes Eichhorn, Joachim Gehrmann, Tine Grebenc, Hyun S. Gweon, Karin Hansen, Frank Jacob, Ferdinand Kristöfel, Paweł Lech, Miklós Manninger, Jan Martin, Henning Meesenburg, Päivi Merilä, Manuel Nicolas, Pavel Pavlenda, Pasi Rautio, Marcus Schaub, Hans-Werner Schröck, Walter Seidling, Vít Šrámek, Anne Thimonier, Iben Margrete Thomsen, Hugues Titeux, Elena Vanguelova, Arne Verstraeten, Lars Vesterdal, Peter Waldner, Sture Wijk, Yuxin Zhang, Daniel Žlindra, and Martin I. Bidartondo–quite a team effort! And it sounds like it had to be, what with 137 forests across Europe, 13,000 soil samples, and 40,000 tree roots to analyze. The study, prompted by declining tree health across Europe, found that air and soil quality impacts soil fungi composition, which in turn effects tree nutrition.
This looks like an interesting research paper so I’ll need to hunt it down in a library since I don’t subscribe to the journal NATURE. A summary of the article can be found on the website of Imperial College London (one of the investigating institutions) here.
Applicants are still being sought for the Homola Scholarship to attend the Northeast Mycological Federation’s Annual Samuel Ristich Northeast Mycological Foray (NEMF). The deadline is 31 May. NEMF 2018 is 26-28 July at SUNY Geneseo. For more information about this annual mycological event continue here.
Gary died at home on the evening of March 7. Gary took over as Treasurer and Membership director in 1988 when we had 56 members, now nine of them remain. He was only our second treasurer and membership director, in 33 years!
MMA was important to him. At the end of David’s presentation last week he wondered when the next was, and was visibly disappointed that it wouldn’t be until 14 April. He totally enjoyed that Mary Yurlina scheduled programs for December for the past two years. He was a total Luddite, refusing to take his computer (yes, he had one) out of the closet, preferring to maintain membership data in a card file, and typing the list on his old manual typewriter. But he would travel hours for a program or foray, drawing the line only when we went to Aroostook, though he said that’s where his grandmother was born. He came to Maine from Oregon, and though he missed the phenomenal mushrooms of the temperate rain forest, he seemed to plant himself in Maine without regrets.
After he retired, and even before, he was dedicated to taking care of the widows in his neighborhood: no matter how snarly some of them were, and some of them were, extremely, he was kind to them, taking them places, shoveling them out, watching after them.
Do you remember that Gary always came up with some of the most interesting finds at forays, showing them almost reluctantly after we were well into discussion? Do you know that he found them by showing up at every foray earlier than everyone else? For such a tall man, he was good at finding the small, most obscure fungi.
Some remembrances, feelings from other members: dear, dear man; speechless and bereft; heartbroken; quiet but strong enthusiasm about everything fungi; will miss his dryly witty treasury reports; quiet, unassuming man, attending every foray I’ve ever been to; Mr. Reliable. Such a loss; I’ve known him 30 years, and will miss him.
~ Michaeline Mulvey
Most of us associate mushrooms with forests, fields, and areas of nature, yet fungi are everywhere among us. When we take the time to look or explore at any opportunity, we can be amazed at what is to be found.
This summer I specifically sought urban fungi: mushrooms that grow in parks, along bike paths and sidewalks, on woodchips and tree stumps of the neighborhood streets of Montreal. This was not to seek edibles as much as the pure curiosity of what would be found other than the ubiquitous Coprinellus micaceus or the occasional decaying Agaricus. As for edibility, one has to greatly consider the proximity of said fungi to industrial pollution as well as human and animal traffic. A fine edible may very well have been frequented by numerous dogs prior to discovery. The diversity of species and personal new discoveries found were impressive when I made it a point to investigate. One has to be out early, even in the rain, to find something like Parasola plicatilis. A keen eye on woodchips could reveal bird’s nest fungi. An alley raised bed garden may have some Lepiota sprouting. That rotted hole at the base of a large maple providing canopy for the street certainly is a potential spot for a magical find of Gymnopilus junonius. Rotted stumps and logs boast a variety from oysters to ascomycetes and numerous perennials. And the double ringed Agaricus bitorquis (see photo on page 1) is prolific along sidewalks and bike paths.
Here is a list of some of the species found this year:
Vascellum (Lycoperdon) curtisii
and, Volvariella bombycina.
No matter where we may live, there are always some fungi to be sought and found.
Photo credits: Jonathan Mingori
After a semester-long study of fungi, Kindergartners of the Friends School of Portland debuted a Mushroom Museum at their Cumberland Foreside campus.
The gala opening on December 14 featured a ticket booth, exhibits on mushroom habitats, cultivation and mycophagy, and also included mushroom art, poetry, and even a gift shop. Pairs of Kindergartners were on rotating shifts overseeing the various stations and answering questions.
Kindergarten teacher Aja Stephan oversaw the effort, with assistance from other faculty and staff and the families of the students.
The was even a joke wall!
Q: Why do toadstools grow so close together? A: They don’t need mush room!
Q: Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? A: Because he was a fun guy!
Q: What goes best with jacket potatoes? A: Button Mushrooms!
MMA is very pleased to present a Commendation to these young mycologists for their outstanding work.