Category Archives: Research

Radical Mycology

Peter McCoy is seeking contributions for a new book on the current state of the field of mycology. In short, the book will be a user friendly guide to the entire fungal kingdom, exploring its many ecological roles as well as the ways that humans can cultivate and interact with the various forms of fungi found around the world. The book will also highlight the various aspects of mycology that are “cutting edge,” in need of citizen scientist contribution, or are otherwise exciting for those new to the field. The book will be both entertaining as well as technical and instructional. He is looking for information, suggestions, and/or contributions in the following areas:

  • Current or future fields of research on mychorriza that are exciting, pressing, or considered a “big unknown.”
  • Common, interesting, popular, edible, medicinal, or utilitarian fungi found in your part of the world. Names, photographs, and information on the best practices for harvesting, identifying, and using them as well as when and where to find them.
  • Information on local traditional uses of fungi and lichens in your part of the world (ethnomycology)

He is also looking to interview people that have knowledge in these areas. Contact Peter at to lend a hand.

CMS Meeting: “Plants that Eat Truffles for Lunch” Thursday, January 9, 2014

dan laumaDr. Dan Luoma, professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will describe the fascinating interactions between forest plants and their associated mushroom and truffle fungi. Dr. Daniel Luoma received his B.S. in Physical Geography from the University of Oregon and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Geography from Oregon State University.  Dan’s teaching includes general mycology, workshops and field courses on forest mycology, and readings in fields of mycorrhizae and small mammal mycophagy. His research covers several integrated research projects in the field of Read more »

Mushroom Species Lists 2010

Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Species List has been updated for 2010 to include data up to the 2009 Mushroom Show.

Download the mt_pisgah_show_list_1983-2009 (PDF), or mt_pisgah_show_list_1983-2009 (XLS).

Tricholoma Flavovirens Toxicology Research

Indications of hepatic and cardiac toxicity caused by subchronic Tricholoma
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P. Nieminena, V. Kärjäb, and A.-M. Mustonena
Food and Chemical Toxicology
Volume 46, Issue 2, February 2008, Pages 781-786

The confirmed finding of increased plasma CK activities and the novel observations of the present study – increased CK-MB activities, elevated plasma bilirubin concentrations and signs of pericardial inflammation – indicate that regular T. flavovirens consumption should not be recommended.

The results also enforce previous findings that the harmful effects probably require prolonged exposure and high amounts of ingested mushroom. In this context, occasional consumption of T. flavovirens would probably be harmless except in sensitive individuals, such as persons on medication, children or during pregnancy (see also Tofani, 2003).

Due to the findings of toxicity after repeated meals and controversy regarding the taxonomical position of T. flavovirens, the marketing of T. equestre (or T. flavovirens or T. auratum) was recently prohibited in Italy (Ministero della Salute, 2002), France (Ministère de la Sante et des Solidarites, 2004) and Spain (Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, 2006) and, in contrast to the situation after the first findings of toxicity (Korhonen, 2002), T. flavovirens is no longer considered edible in the most
recent Finnish textbooks (Salo et al., 2006).

5. Conclusions
(1) No morbidity or mortality could be detected in the mice consuming freshly frozen T. flavovirens at 12 g kg?1 d?1 for 4 weeks. (2) The exposed mice had higher plasma bilirubin concentrations and higher CK and CK-MB activities than the control mice indicating hepato-, myo- and cardiotoxicity. (3) Signs of hepato- or myotoxicity were not present in the histological samples, but the cardiac samples showed increased incidence of pericardial inflammation in the T. flavovirens-fed mice. (4) Repeated consumption of T. flavovirens should be avoided.

Amazon Mycorenewal Project

Between 1964 and 1992, Texaco spilled over 18.5 billion gallons of highly toxic waste into 600 open unlined pits. Little has been cleaned up. These pools contain a mixture of oil, heavy metals and radioactive substances that continues to overflow and seep into the water table, resurfacing in rivers and wells.

The Amazon Mycorenewal Project brings this exciting technique to the Amazon for
the first time ever. A coalition of Ecuadorian and international non-governmental organizations is partnering with local people to remediate their lands using mycelium as well as grow edible and medicinal mushrooms for consumption and income generation.