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March 6th, 2019

Andrew Methven
"Often Overlooked Spring Fungi"

While most people are scouring the woods for morels in the Spring, there is a treasure trove of other fungi that are often overlooked or ignored in our haste to find food for the table. This talk will focus on some of the fungi, including morels and false morels, which are encountered in the forest in spring and early summer. You will see images of edible fungi, fascinating pathogens, and a number of fungi which are ecologically important or simply mycologically interesting.

Andrew Methven is professor and chair of Biology at Savannah State University. He is emeritus professor of mycology and lichenology at Eastern Illinois University. He has taught courses in mycology, lichens, medical mycology and field mycology, and maintained the Cryptogamic Herbarium (with more than 15,000 collections of fungi and lichens).  Included among his research interests are systematics and ecology of fleshy fungi, mycogeography, the application of compatibility studies and molecular techniques to fungal systematics, and the identification and distribution of lichens in the Midwest.

His research program has examining the distribution of the mushroom genus Lactarius in the Western Hemisphere, the utilization of biological species concepts in systematics studies of fleshy fungi, and the application of molecular techniques to phylogenetic studies in the mushroom genera Clavariadelphus, Lentaria and Macrotyphula.

Recent research projects involving undergraduate and graduate students have examined:  The effects of sugar maple removal on the occurrence and distribution of fleshy fungi from endemic oak-hickory forests; the occurrence and distribution of fungal endophytes in sugar maple leaves; systematics and ecology of rust fungi on endemic plants; the use of lichens to assess habitat restoration in fragmented forest ecosystems; and, fungi which inhabit Spartina (cord grass) in the estuaries of coastal Georgia.

As always, try to come around 6:15 to meet, greet, and share in some snacks!

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Meeting are at the Intown Community Church, 2059 Lavista Road, Atlanta, 30329. We meet from 7:00 to 9:00 with a social time for snacking, identifying mushrooms, browsing guides and making friends. The social time begins at 6:15. Members bring snacks each month. A sign up list for volunteering to bring snacks will be passed around. This is a chance to learn some, connect some and get filled in on some of the club's plans for the year.




It's that time of year again, when hunters hit the woods in search of the elusive morel. Unfortunately there are other (albeit much less common) mushrooms that can appear during this season known as false morels, the name given to several species of mushroom which bear a resemblance to the highly regarded true morels of the genus Morchella. So now is a perfect time for a refresher on the false morel from Tom Volk, mycologist and previous MCG speaker. And remember, if in doubt, do not risk eating it!


MCG is having a Mushroom Identification Workshop on April 6th, 2019 at The Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. To register please click HERE. Space is limited to 25 participants. The workshop is now full; to join a waiting list please click HERE


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.


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