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Mushroom Foraging & Insect Zombies with MYCOmmunity

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These talks are fundraisers for the Wild Fungi DNA project
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What is Mycology you may ask? It's a branch of biology that studies fungi and all its genetic and biochemical properties. It includes the dangers they may pose in toxicity or infection and their use to humans, be it traditional medicine, food or entheogens (think magic mushrooms), a psychoactive substance that induces alterations in cognition, behaviour etc. MYCOommunity - Applied Mycology and Learning Lab is a community based applied Mycology Centre working out of the Bioquisitive lab in Melbourne and they encourage community involvement to help advance related knowledge in Australia.

There are three interesting online events upcoming as follows -
Sat 25 Jul 2020 at 2-3.30pm - Introduction to Mushroom Foraging and Identification - Tickets HERE
Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 6.15-9.15am - The Myco Files: Cortinarius - more species than we think - Tickets HERE
Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 6.30-7.30am - The Myco Files: Insect Zombies - Tickets HERE

You'll find that apart from the first event which is ticketed, the other two are recommended donations. In these pandemic times with everyone needed to support each other, do donate to attend.


You'll learn how to safely identify and forage for edible varieties of mushrooms growing in Victoria in the first event. Natasha will teach you about the many different varieties of fungi and present specific profiles on the edible and the toxic. Enjoy the discussion of the mushroom anatomy, their life cycle and other identifying features and add to your knowledge on the wonderful world of mushrooms. What do you really know about the mushrooms you automatically add to your cooking?

For this ticketed first event, all profits go towards citizen-science projects such as the Wild Fungi DNA project.

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For the second event, spend time with local Cortinarius expert, mycologist Beau Picking. He has untangled many of the different species in the Genera that has the most striking bright purple, red, green and yellow mushrooms and will discuss his findings with you in this one hour talk. Again, these talks are fundraisers for the Wild Fungi DNA project. Beau also teaches Biology and Botany at the University of Melbourne. Find out more on the event page. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out at 6.15pm and the talk will start at 6.30pm AEST. This is to prevent Zoom bombing, so please make sure you already have Zoom downloaded and installed beforehand.

The event with Beau is the first talk of what is to be a regular online series The Myco Files (they're out there!). Stay in touch via Facebook as a variety of topics are to follow that will feature researchers and experts in the field. Other talks lined up include ones on Cordyceps and orchid Mycorrhizae. Proceeds go to citizen science and fungal conservation projects.

For the last event, join Melvin Zu, a mycologist researching Cordyceps at Melbourne University. Cordyceps are known for turning insects into zombies (starting to sound like the X files right?) but also play an important role in the ecosystem. They have a mysterious life-cycle often living as plant endophytes and have been used by humans in traditional medicine and as bio-control. Learn all about their life-cycles, their role in the environment and more. Again, Zoom and link details are as above.

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Why? 3 events on Intro to Mushroom Foraging; Cortinarius & Insect Zombies
When: 25 Jul 2pm - Mushroom event // 29 Jul 6.15am - Cortinarius event // 6 Aug 6.30am - Insect Zombies event
Where: Online
Cost: Member prices and donations requested to show your support at this fundraiser for Wild Fungi DNA
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