Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
Date(s) - 07/28/2013 - 08/03/2013
Eagle Hill Institute
Mushrooms bring up many different and divergent associations. For the ecologist they are invaluable either as decomposers (nutrient recyclers), as symbionts with green plants, or as parasites. To the taxonomist they are an ongoing puzzle of relationships to explore, in an attempt to tease out phylogenetic relationships, with the ultimate goal of tidy, understandable order. Culturally, in North America, we associate wild mushrooms primarily with the risk of poisoning or death and take to heart our parental admonitions to avoid even a touch. However, the increasing value placed on locally sourced and sustainable foods, along with greater appreciation of the flavor and variety of wild edible mushrooms has led to increasing interest in foraging mushrooms for food.
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