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MSA Award

Dear Dr. Lincoff:

Congratulations! You have been selected to receive the 2017 Gordon and Tina Wasson Award from the Mycological Society of America, in recognition of your outstanding mycological career.

We hope that you will be able to attend the MSA meeting July 16-19, 2017 in Athens, Georgia, to be recognized at the Awards Ceremony for your outstanding work and accomplishments.

[ This MSA Award is the Non-Traditional Mycologist Award, previously given to Paul Stamets (2015) and David Arora (2016)....As such, it is for those who have pursued a mycological career without benefit of a PhD - hence the use of "Dr." is purely honorary.]

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Henry David Thoreau, one of the very few worth reading every day !

March 5, 1858: “We would fain know something more about these animals and stones and trees around us. We are ready to skin the animals alive to come at them. Our scientific names convey a very partial information only; they suggest certain thoughts only: it does not occur to me that there are other names for most of these objects, given by a people who stood between me and them, who had better senses than our race. How little I know of that arbor-vitae when I have learned only what science can tell me! It is but a word. It is not a tree of life. But there are twenty words for the tree and its different parts which the Indian gave, which are not in our botanies, which imply a more practical and vital science. He used it every day. He was well acquainted with its wood, and its bark, and its leaves. No science does more than arrange what knowledge we have of any class of objects. But, generally speaking, how much more conversant was the Indian with any wild animal or plant than we are, and in his language is implied all that intimacy, as much as ours is expressed in our language.”

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MUSHROOM CLUBS in North America

 http://www.namyco.org/clubs.php

This is North American Mycological Association’s list of ALL mushroom clubs in North America that are affiliated with NAMA. Contact the one nearest to you to find out where and when there are mushroom hunts in your area!

 

A program on edible wild mushrooms on NPR’s Science Friday………recorded May 13, 2016

http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/mushrooms-on-the-hunt-for-edibles/ 

 
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Clades are here to stay…..for awhile, anyway

CladeTell

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Clades are used in Botany and Zoology, as well as Fungi – and what they have to tell us is not insignificant or irrelevant.

Clades can show us the lineages of organisms. Knowing how to see past appearances to the reality of things can direct our research in so many fields.

Clades can help us choose particular groups to search for medicinal benefits that would otherwise escape us.

Clades can help us choose particular groups to work with in our efforts to develop tools for bio-remediation and myco-remediation.

In mushrooms, “gills,” and “pores,” and “teeth,” and such, even “puffball-like,” are terms useful for field identification, but not to understand much beyond that.

The clades we now know cut across all these easily observed field characteristics to show us the “real” relationships our mushrooms have.

 

 

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ETHNOBOTANY

ETHNOBOTANY: A FIELD STUDY at the New York Botanical Garden

4 Wednesdays, June 8 – 29, 2016

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