{news} Coffee can mushroom cultivation

MMA Member Mike McNally tells us how.

If you missed the excellent presentation this past winter by Mike at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, you’re in luck now.  Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News wrote about Mike and his simple culturing method in a Bangor Daily News article in July.  Click here to read the article.

Mike McNally photo.




Foray 30 June 2018 in Freeport

Forays are a benefit of membership.  If you are not a member you are welcome to check out one foray.  Should you decide to attend more forays, you must become a member.  It’s only $10 per year.

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.

{Science} Pollution, Tree Health, and Ectomycorrhizal Fungi

“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.