Yearly Archives: 2008

David Pilz – Oregon’s Emergent Culinary Truffle Industry

Join us on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at our General Meeting for speaker David Pilz Dan Luoma, for a talk on Oregon’s Emergent Culinary Truffle Industry. We will meet at our usual location: LCC Building 16, Room 115 at 7:00pm:

Of all the World’s culinary delicacies, truffles stand out as the ultimate luxury food. Among the regions where they are or can be grown, Oregon has a suite of competitive advantages for their production. We have our own delicious native truffles and have all the resources needed to produce large quantities of cultivated European truffles. Oregon now stands on the cusp of a unique opportunity to become a world leader in the production of this highly prized rarity.

The truffle white paper that David will discuss explains the opportunities that a truffle industry offers Oregon and how to go about developing a premier industry, one that is characterized by high-quality products, ethical business practices, environmentally responsible production, and widely accrued benefits.

NOTE: Last minute speaker change, Dan will be presenting Dave’s presentation as Dave became unavailable at the last minute. Thanks Dan!!

UPDATE:  The current rough draft of the white paper presented at this meeting is available.

Mushroom Mimicry by Dracula Orchids – December 11, 2008 at 7pm

Join us on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:00pm at LCC:

Dr. Bitty Roy will speak about her recent research in Ecuador.  Her talk is entitled: “Mushroom mimicry by Dracula orchids and other cool stuff in the cloud forest.” This promises to be a very interesting look at some of the more exotic fungi– as well as a group of plants that would like you to think they are fungi!

Felix Dracula Orchid by Flickr user scott361 - thanks!

Dr. Bitty Roy is a professor of Biology at University of Oregon in the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  She spoke for CMS before on the topic of “Fungal Rusts and One Smut” and conducts research in many parts of the world including the Willamette Valley, Switzerland and Ecuador.

Members’ Foray — Saturday November 15th, 2008

Hericium ramosumForays are limited to CMS members (and friends) only.  It’s likely we’ll head towards the Cascades.

Meet at the South Eugene High School by 8:45 for introductions and directions. We will leave at 9:00am sharp.

*General Foray Information*

You can become a member on Saturday to join us!