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August 1st, 2018
"The Mushroom of Immortality: a sacred fungus with confusing taxonomy"
In Eastern cultures, fungi have played a significant role in many aspects of life such as religion, medicine, sustenance, amongst others. One such fungus, Ganoderma 'lucidum', commonly known as reishi or lingzhi, has had a significant impact on the cultures of many Asian countries for over 2000 years. In addition to anthropologic significance, species in the genus Ganoderma are wood degrading fungi that can be found globally, and are associated with dead and declining trees making them primary nutrient recyclers. The taxonomy of this clearly important group of fungi is a mess, as taxonomists, historically, have broadly labeled red, varnished (shiny) Ganoderma species as 'G. lucidum', which we now know is a species that is native to Europe. Correct taxonomy for the varnished Ganoderma species around the world is desperately needed to better understand the differences in medicinal value and ecology that may exist between the many different species. Andrew Loyd will present on the cultural significance of Ganoderma, and shed light onto the daunting taxonomic dilemma that exists with this group of fungi in the United States.
Andrew Loyd is originally from Baton Rouge, La, and he received his B.S. from Louisiana State University and his M.S. from North Carolina State University. He was a plant disease diagnostician for Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC before completing his PhD at the University of Florida in the Jason Smith's Forest Pathology lab. For his PhD project, Andrew worked on the taxonomy and biology of the laccate Ganoderma species present in the United States. Andrew is now a Forest Pathology and Mycological Researcher for the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories.
As always, try to come around 6:15 to meet, greet, and share in some snacks!
MCG features monthly meetings each year between February and November on a variety of fungi-related topics. To view some of our previous meetings go HERE.
DID YOU KNOW...
The oyster mushroom was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I
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