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Laura Bogar: Can plants choose their ectomycorrhizal fungal partners?
UC Berkeley, 338 Koshland Hall
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Have you ever wondered why some fungal species only grow under certain trees? Why are some parts of the woods great for the mushrooms you want, while other parts are barren? One part of the story may be that the trees can pick and choose the fungi on their roots. In the ectomycorrhizal mutualism, plants give carbon (sugars) to the fungi on their roots in exchange for soil resources like nitrogen. If the fungi that provide more nitrogen get more carbon in exchange, a plant should be able to encourage the cooperation of its symbionts. Our speakser has been using stable isotope labeling techniques to track where Bishop Pine seedlings send their carbon when given a choice between "cooperative" and "uncooperative" Slippery Jack fungal partners. This process is important in determining where fungi can grow, which plants they can associate with, and has implications for why the ectomycorrhizal mutualism exists at all.

Laura Bogar is a PhD student at Stanford University working with Kabir Peay. Her dissertation research is focused on how plants and fungi negotiate the ectomycorrhizal mutualism, and how that process affects larger-scale patterns in communities of ectomycorrhizal plants and fungi.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Lewis & Clark College in May 2012, where she worked with Prof. Peter Kennedy studying symbiotic specificity among alders and their ectomycorrhizal fungal partners.

11th Annual Point Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair

January 2, 2015 - Collecting Foray | Red Barn, Bear Valley

Join us for a collecting foray 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We'll meet in front of the Visitor Center parking lot to organize. Bring collections to the Red Barn starting at 1:00 pm for identification. Contact David Rust 510.468.5014 for more details.

January 3, 2015 - Fungus Fair | Bear Valley Visitor Center

Join us for the 11th annual Point Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair. Attend free lectures in the Bear Valley Visitor Center Auditorium. Learn about fungi and their role in the many Point Reyes habitats, from grasslands to redwoods. See the remarkable colors and shapes of wild mushrooms collected in the park. Be sure to see the mushroom display tables in back of the Visitor Center.

Sponsored by Point Reyes National Seashore and Bay Area Mycological Society! Contact David Rust 510.468.5014 for more details.

Sycamore Grove Mushroom Madness

Sunday, January 17, 2016 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park | Livermore, California

Join ranger Amy Wolitzer and BAMS' Debbie Veiss for the annual mushroom hunt at 1:00 pm. Meet at Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park 5035 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, CA 94550. Follow this link to see a report on last year's foray. Please use this map to find us. We are meeting at the ranger office located up the road that goes to the Veterans Hospital. For more information, contact Debbie Viess at 510.430.9353.

All California Club Foray

Albion Field Station | January 22–24, 2016

Please join us for the Seventh Biannual All California Club Foray (ACCF). This event is geared to those interested in hands-on learning about mushroom identification and the incredible diversity we find in fungal communities.

Chief mycologist will be Judy Roger, a member of the Oregon Mycological Society and a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Key Council. Judy studied mycology at the University of Washington with Dr. Daniel Stuntz who coerced her into teaching at Seattle Community College to "set the learning". That experience led to teaching at other community colleges as well as consulting and providing contract mycology for the US Forest Service and other agencies. She has served as an identifier for the Oregon Poison Center. She likes to eat mushrooms but prefers to study them and teach mushroom microscopy.

This event includes catered meals, comfy lodging, and mushroom hunts in the bountiful Jackson Demonstration State Forest near Mendocino. This foray is open to any current member of a California mushroom club and NAMA members. The cost is $185 per person. To register, complete this form and mail with your check to BAMS. For more information, follow this link...