The Radical Mycology Convergence 2011

February 21, 2011

The Olympia Mycelial Network is happy to announce plans for the first (inter)national Radical Mycology Convergence. A fungi-human relations congress of sorts, this convergence will be a unique opportunity for humans to build stronger connections with our fungal allies. They hope to create space for inspiring discussions on the future of radical mycological efforts and [...]

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Amateur Mycology Morel Forays 2011

February 20, 2011
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In conjunction with the Colorado Mycological Society, Amateur Mycology is pleased to announce our first annual morel hunts of 2011. James and I have the itch early this year so we have reached out to some of the other fungi folk in warmer climates than Colorado. We have been speaking to McCartney at the Texas [...]

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Morel Habitat- How to Find Morels

February 2, 2011
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Morel season is almost here! Time to dust out your hunting baskets and get ready for spring. Morels grow in many different habitats and regions in the United States. While the Great Lakes region is known as the ‘morel hot spot’, they have been found in almost every state. Morel season in the US usually [...]

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Truffle Cultivation Part 1: A History

January 6, 2011
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Truffle, Truffle, who’s got the Truffle? Tuber spp. are ectomycorrhizal ascomycetes that produce ascocarps known as truffles. The origin of the word truffle appears to be the Latin term tuber, meaning “lump”, which became tufer- and gave rise to the various European terms: French truffe, Spanish trufa, German Trüffel, Dutch truffel and Croatian tartuf. These [...]

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The Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

December 30, 2010
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Recently James, Ashley, and I got the opportunity to visit The Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at The Denver Botanic Gardens. The herbarium is located at the York St. Gardens in the Capitol Hill district of downtown Denver. Ever since I was a child, I have loved to visit this place. The grounds are very [...]

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Mycogrow™ & The Jalapeño Pepper Plant

December 21, 2010
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I grew a beautiful jalapeño pepper plant from seed in 2007. I love my chipotle (and you can’t find ripe jalapeño in Denver in the cold months to save your life) so dug it up in the fall and brought it in for the winter. I put it in a nice south facing window happy spot and all [...]

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Can You Grow Chanterelle Mushrooms?

November 24, 2010
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While walking through Whole Foods in Boulder, I noticed that they had a wonderful selection of mushrooms for the Thanksgiving season. Bluefoots from France, Maitake from Oregon, Oysters from Colorado, King Trumpets, Black Poplar mushrooms, Shimeji mushrooms, Shiitake mushrooms, Enoki mushrooms, but what got my attention, was the huge bowl full of Chanterelles. The wonderful [...]

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The Newest Member of the AMCL!

November 17, 2010
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While driving through Littleton, Colorado James and I came across a park that had many different species of mushrooms growing in it. What first got our attention was large fruiting of Agaricus in the area, and as we were working on the Colorado Agaricus Project, this park was an interesting find. Unfortunately for us, most [...]

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Introducing the Amateur Mycology Culture Library!

November 4, 2010
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James and I have been spending the past 3 months amassing mushroom species in pure culture and putting them under cold storage. You might be thinking, “what the heck is he talking about?”. To explain a little more clearly, we are ‘cloning’ wild mushrooms. This process is done by extracting flesh or spores from mushrooms [...]

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The Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club

October 22, 2010
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SALIDA, CO- October 1st marked the beginning of Colorado’s newest mycological society, The Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club. James and I were lucky enough to get to introduce Amateur Mycology at their first meeting with our presentation on applications for mycelium beyond mycophagy. We also brought along with us 10 species of mushroom for the identification [...]

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