Virtual Monthly meeting Slime Molds, Crusts & Polypores

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Date(s) - 07/21/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve


This meeting will be a virtual meeting on YouTube. Click here to watch!

In a brief departure from our edibles theme, we’ll hear about some of the inedibles.

Judy Mackenroth will present on Crusts and Polypores.
La Monte Yarroll will present on Slime Molds.
We promise at least a couple of edibles will be covered!

PLUS: new WPMC member Daniel Gillies will discuss his research into the cracked-cap polypore, Phellinus robiniae. See article on page 3 of the current newsletter.

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We request that no one hunts a walk or foray location for at least two weeks prior to a walk or foray. It is only through your cooperation that we can have successful walks and forays. All walks & forays will be held rain or shine. Come 15-30 min early and socialize. All walks start on time, so be early, if you are late we will already be in the woods. You can find last minute additions or changes by going to our Facebook Group.

7 Comments on “Virtual Monthly meeting Slime Molds, Crusts & Polypores

  1. Will you be posting a recording of the livestream on Youtube? I wasn’t able to watch it live, and I would really love to see the presentation! Please?

  2. Didn’t realize there are so many different turkey tails thank you Judy

    • Want to find the cotton candy slime mold. I live the Chocolate tube slime

    • It is amazing. We just glance at a mushroom, say, “oh, it’s just a turkey tail”, and walk on by. In reality it could be one of many other species, but because it gets dismissed with barely a glance, we never see those other species. The True Turkey Tail, Trametes versicolor does come in a wide array of color patterns, so you can see why it’s so easy to make the assumption that all those little clustered polypore caps on wood are turkey-tail. Now that I know there are so many other look-alikes, it makes it worth my time to take a second look.

    • The process of making a tincture is commonly used for things other than polypores, most notably in herbal medicine with plants. So you could use the technique with crusts, but. . .you need to be absolutely sure that the item you are tincturing is safe to be used. The problem with most of the crusts is that they have never been evaluated for safety. A lot of research needs to be done to evaluate the active medicinal principles in the crusts, as well as any potentially harmful chemicals, any contraindications for use, and proper dosage. Which is why we use so few fungi medicinally, the research just hasn’t been done yet. There are thousands of mushroom species, and yet just a handful of commonly used medicinal species.

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