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Mushroom of the Day
Pachylepyrium carbonicola


Pachylepyrium carbonicola

Here's one of the mushrooms that grows in burned areas, collected by Ron Pastorino. To learn more, follow this link...

BAMS Meeting
Thursday, May 15, 2014


Dr. Tom Bruns

Dr. Tom Bruns presents "Roles of Fungi in Forest Ecosystems". Doors open at 7:30. Meeting starts at 8:00. To see more about Bruns' talk, follow this link...

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Further Reflections on Amanita muscaria as an Edible Species

Amanita muscaria

Here is a thoughtful response to the current push to eat Amanita muscaria, along with a history of its treatment in field guides, its toxins, and warnings about edibility. Click here to view the full pdf article on Mushroom, The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, written by Debbie Viess. Look for Further Reflections on Amanita muscaria as an Edible Species.

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A Partnership for Science

The North American Mycoflora Project organizational meeting was held in New Haven, Connecticut, July 14-15, 2012. See 16 video presentations from the meeting. See the great group photo. Read more...

The Bay Area Mycological Society (BAMS), established in 2006, is dedicated to the art and science of mushrooms. We hold our meetings at UC Berkeley. We hold local and long distance forays, participate in the Yosemite National Park Fungal Survey, and organize the Point Reyes Fungus Fairs and All California Club Forays.

We are affiliated with the North American Mycological Association. We host a lively online discussion group. Our members range from beginners to professionals in the field. We believe that everyone wants to learn, and has ideas to share. Join us.


We are constantly experimenting with background image for this page and the photo gallery. This photo was taken in the river bottom at the base of Folsom Dam.