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Mycology Demystified

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by Wil Franklin 




Mycology Demystified







 “Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally”

John Muir from  The Atlantic, April 1900.







Yes, in many ways Mycology is about going into the woods:


Fungi - 







Also Fungi in Medicine -








Fungi in Food and Wine - 








Also about Arts and Crafts (Wild-crafting) -











  • Fungal Biology & Ecology
  • Identifying Fungi & Local Mushrooms
  • A tour of local edible and poisonous mushrooms










Fungal Biology & Ecology



What Unites all of these Organisms?



Aquatic Zoosporic molds


Common Molds



Cup Fungi, Truffles and Others




Rusts, Bracken, Mushrooms and Others







Fungi have chitin




The large multicelluar Fungi, Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes are united by:


  • long  narrow cells called hyphae.....  
  • that branch and multiply to form a web-like mass (the fungal body) called mycellium.



And are separated by:


An Ascus in Ascomycetes

A Basidium in Basidiomycetes








More Fungal Biology


  • Parasites on Insects, Trees and Humans (you don't want to see theses)










Identifying Fungi & Local Mushrooms:




Summary of Key Characteristics for Identifying Mushrooms:

  • Spore producing structure - Gills, pores  or teeth 


  • Color
  • Size
  • Spore color









Tour of Local Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms



 Quadrangle Fungi - Compliments of Weecha Crawford. 

Jack O'Lantern Mushroom (Omphalotus illudens)





Poisonous Mushroom







Dyeing Wool, Silk and other Fabrics with Fungi







Great Fungal Recipes



Easy Oyster Mushroom Pate':

  • 1 part Philly Cream Cheese
  • 5 parts Fresh Oyster Mushrooms (cooks down to about 2 parts)
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • crushed walnuts or almonds
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • splash of fresh lemon juice
  1. Sautee mushrooms with butter and garlic until volume is reduced about 3-4 times.
  2. Puree.
  3. Mix in cream cheese, allow to cool.
  4. Roll and form into desired shape.
  5. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Roll in crushed nuts and serve.


Politically Correct Frois Gras

Many More at Mushroom Recipes









Links to Fungal Resources and Images









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