Dr. Steve Carpenter will present information on how to use keys when identifying mushrooms and share his new pocket guide book, “Mushrooms of Mary’s Peak and Vicinity.” Join us for COMC’s next meeting on Nov 9, from 6-8 PM, at the Environmental Center in downtown Bend, 16 NW Kansas. Bring mushrooms for the ID. table which we will discuss during the first part of the meeting.
Click here to watch a short talk on how trees talk to each other: http://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other
Guess what plays a significant role in how trees communicate underground! Well worth 18 minutes of your time.
The Central Oregon Mushroom Club is sponsoring Dr. Matt Trappe’s visit to Bend to present his talk called “The Mycelial Conspiracy.” He will speak at the Environmental Center for our April meeting on Friday evening, April 29, at 6:30 PM.
“The Mycelial Conspiracy: How fungi manipulate their environment and control our lives” will explore many of the ways that fungi exploit their environment and other organisms (including us) to get what they want. Sometimes these methods are symbiotic (mycorrhizae) and sometimes they are destructive (pathogens), but they are always interesting!
Dr. Matt Trappe is a research ecologist with over 18 years experience working in western forests. Matt’s specialties are disturbance ecology (particularly fire), mycology and soil microbiology, DNA and isotopic analysis, forestry, and botany. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and a M.S. in Forest Science, both from Oregon State University. Dr. Trappe is currently a Research Intern for the US Department of Agricultural, Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, Oregon studying the fungal diseases of grapevines. He previously worked for the OSU College of Forestry with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and has taught graduate-level courses on mycology and non-timber forest products at OSU. As an authority on hypogeous fungi (Truffles), Dr. Trappe was the lead author of “The Field Guide to North American Truffles” and leads truffling forays for the North American Truffling Society.
We are excited to have someone with his level of research and field experience speak to our club. Don’t miss this meeting! As usual, bring fresh wild mushrooms to show and tell (and brag) and maybe get identified a half hour before the talk starts at 6:30.