At the CMS April meeting, Randy Molina will present his informative talk “Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest”. This presentation summarizes five decades of truffle research by the Corvallis Forest Mycology program and emphasizes the historical development of truffle science by mycologists over the last 100 years, truffle diversity and importance in forest ecosystems, and management principles to sustain this valuable fungal resource.
April 10, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Lane Community College, Room 115, Science Building #16
Dr. 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
photo by Bruce Newhouse
The first meeting of “the mushroom year” for the Cascade Mycological Society will be what we like to call the “identifest.” What’s an identifest? Just as it sounds, this meeting will be focused on identifying fresh mushrooms that people have brought with them. So, bring whatever fungal finds you’ve found (fresh, dried, or pictures) and we’ll endeavor to identify them to species (using Mushrooms Demystifyed). If you can get a spore print before the meeting and bring that in too, it will help with the identification process.
We will have microscopes available Read more
Come join the rest of the CMS membership for our last general meeting of this season! This is a members only meeting and pizza social, and the last CMS activity before we go into “hibernation” over the summer. The pizza social will be held on Thursday June 13 at 7 pm at Roaring Rapids Pizza, on 4006 Franklin Boulevard in Glenwood. In addition, Read more
Our April general meeting will feature a talk by Alija Bajro Mujic, titled “Have Rake, Will Travel: Following the Ancestral Migration of Douglas Fir and it False-Truffle Associates”
Come and follow a young American mycologist from the balmy highlands of Southern Japan to the forested sky islands of the American Southwest and Mexico in search of the unknown false-truffles of Douglas Fir. The work presented in this talk seeks a better understanding of the unique ectomycorrhizal relationship shared by the genera Rhizopogon and Pseudotsuga and traces the historical migration of forests around the Northern Pacific Rim.
Alija Bajro Mujic is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Alija’s interest in Fungi was first cultivated through Read more
This Thursday, March 14, the CMS general meeting will feature our very own Chris Melotti, who will be presenting “Morels, Truffles and Other Spring Mushrooms”. This presentation was originally created by Dr. Micheal Beug, who will not be in attendance. While spring is not the peak time for northwest mushrooms, there are still plenty of interesting fungi out there, please join us for some interesting photos and discussion of what can be found at this season.
Dr. Michael Beug taught Read more
Our February general meeting will feature our very own CMS members Sue Docksteader & Steen Mitchell. Sue and Steen will be telling us about what they did over their summer vacation, giving a talk on their 2012 cross-country camping & mushrooming trip. Rumor has it that pictures of the elusive red chanterelles may appear! This will be a great opportunity to see lovely photos of some north american mushrooms from outside of the pacific northwest region.
Our general meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Meet at 7 PM, Room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Speaker David Pilz
Dave is a consultant and writer through the auspices of his business, PilzWald – Forestry Applications of Mycology. He was formerly a Forest Mycologist with the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, where he conducted research on harvested forest fungi, with an emphasis on compatible production of edible mushrooms in forests managed for timber and other amenities. This research focus evolved from 9 years of research with the Pacific Northwest Research Station (USDA-Forest Service) on the Productivity and Sustainable Harvest of Edible Forest Mushrooms.
In July, David had the opportunity to attend an interesting workshop on edible mycorrhizal fungi in Guatemala and tour the country afterwards with fellow mycologists. He will recount stories of the adventure with colorful images for illustration. Join him for tales and discussion of the ancient mushroom traditions of the indigenous Maya. Read more
Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging Paperback
by Denis Benjamin
Cascade Mycological Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis R Benjamin as the speaker for our January general meeting. Dr. Benjamin will have his latest book available for sale (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging), as well as a selection of original watercolor paintings of fungi.
Please note the unusual date and location for this meeting: It is on Tuesday, January 15, *NOT* on Thursday, January 10, which would be our typical meeting day. The meeting will be in the LCC Forum, room 309, *NOT* in the usual location.
Brief Biography of Dr. Dennis Benjamin
Denis R. Benjamin grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He recently returned to the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington to continue his passion for mushrooms, the outdoors and natural history. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies . In addition to nearly 100 professional publications Read more
Our December general meeting will feature the Spanish mycologist Dr. Luis Gonzaga. Dr. Gonzaga will present about studies of European black truffle ecology. He will discuss evidence supporting the hypothesis that “Ectomycorrhizae could be ‘liming’ host plant roots”.
Please join CMS in welcoming Dr. Luis Gonzaga. Our general meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Meet at 7 PM, Room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. The presentation is free and open to the public.