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June Meeting- Michael Hopping: Chanterellevution!
June 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Until a few years ago, chanterelle identification in the eastern United States was fairly straightforward. That changed when molecular mycology demonstrated that Cantharellus cibarius, the “Golden Chanterelle” of field guides, doesn’t exist on this continent. Several new species have been recognized in its place. Chanterellevution! provides an overview of why this happened and goes on to introduce the current cast of Cantharellus and Craterellus characters resident in the Southern Appalachian region, most of which also occur in Georgia. An identification key for the species discussed may be found and downloaded from the Asheville Mushroom Club website at https://ashevillemushroomclub.org/docs/key-Hopping-chanterelle.pdf.
Michael Hopping is an amateur mycologist, writer, and retired medical doctor. He has been a member of the Asheville Mushroom club since 2011 when he first became interested in mushrooms. For several years he chaired the club’s foray committee and produced a “Mushroom of the Month” feature for its newsletter, Sporadic News. More recently he and another senior club member, Charlotte Caplan, launched an ongoing training program for AMC’s next generation of mushroom identifiers. In collaboration with that ID group and the Matheny Lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, he is principal investigator for a three-year project to provide the state of North Carolina with an inventory of macrofungi found in Mt. Mitchell State Park. He is also a coauthor of A Field Guide to the Mushrooms of the Carolinas.