The Lincoff Foray is the highlight of clubs calendar and a lot of preparation went into this years event behind the scenes. Guest mycologists Arlene and Alan Bessette schooled us on Polypores and Boletes while Stephen Russule reported on his project to know all the mushrooms of Indianan.

For the the first time we had vendors selling nature-themed merchandise at the event, a cultivation table as well as live music. The mushroom cultivation session was taught by Esperanzo Wilcox from PA Mushroom Company. The band playing in the afternoon sun was New Age Adenas and they perform in the Wheeling, WV area quite a bit in case you want to see them again. Our vendors were Wobble Mud Studios, Cedar Bridge Botanicals, Ritual Soaps, Mushroom Nerds and Wild Ones of Western PA. Again look them up if you saw something you liked but were not able to purchase it on the day. The mushroom feast was organized by Mike Henry and he orchestrated an army of chefs and helpers in order to feed the over 100 attendees. Kim Plischke gave a cooking demonstration. And last but not least there was a mushroom themed auctioned. A fuller list of credits will be in the November-December newsletter.

As for the mushrooms despite the dry weather we found a very impressive 199 species of fungi and slime molds of which 11 were new to the club species. There were also 6 unverified species observations and 2 lichen species. A number of new to the clubs life list were boletes. I think all of them were known to grown in the area but had not been collected on a club walk or foray before. There were also a couple of new to the club crusts. Many specimens were sampled for DNA barcoding and we expect the total numbers for both North Park and Cook Forest to increase in the coming weeks. In fact they have increased between the time I started writing this post and when I publish it. Participants of the walks were encouraged to upload their fungi observations to iNaturalist and this project. As of writing there are a total of 352 species in the iNaturalist project from the two days of forays.

After the Cook Forest walk a group of us returned to North Park and prepared hundreds of vouchers to dry overnight. After the walks at North Park another couple of hundred specimens were documented and added to the driers. Later that evening a work party was set up where the now dried vouchers were sampled by taking small amounts of mushroom tissue and putting them into strips of 8 eppendorf tubes ready for PCR. Approximately 720 specimens were sampled and guest Mycologist Stephen Russel took home the prepared tubes ready for analysis. Garrett Taylor, John Plischke and Cara Coulter were the main organizers of this project and you can see the results unfolding in the iNaturalist DNA project. Some of the DNA results indicate that they are new species never reported anywhere else in the world and some match species identified in Indianan or other locations in North America and are different from their European counterparts with whom they share a name.  As always thanks to everyone that participated in the project and helped us to prepare so many specimens.

Thanks to all the organizers, cooks, identifiers and DNA barcoding crew. Also special thanks to those that set up and torn down the venue on the Friday and Sunday.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob.

Amanita abrupta (),
Amanita amerifulva (),
Amanita amerirubescens (),
Amanita banningiana (),
Amanita bisporigera (),
Amanita brunnescens (),
Amanita crenulata (),
Amanita farinosa (),
Amanita flavoconia (),
Amanita flavorubens (),
Amanita flavorubescens (),
Amanita fulva (),
Amanita lavendula (),
Amanita parcivolvata (),
Amanita rubescens (),
Amanita velatipes (),
Apioperdon pyriforme (),
Armillaria mellea (),
Armillaria tabescens (),
Artomyces pyxidatus (),
Aureoboletus auriporus (),
Aureoboletus innixus (),
Baeospora myosura (),
Baorangia bicolor (),
Bisporella citrina (),
Boletus separans (),
Callistosporium purpureomarginatum (),
Caloboletus inedulis (),
Calvatia cyathiformis (),
Calvatia gigantea (),
Calycina citrina (),
Camarops petersii (),
Cantharellus lateritius (),
Cerioporus leptocephalus (),
Cerioporus squamosus (),
Cerioporus varius (),
Cerrena unicolor (),
Chlorophyllum molybdites (),
Clavaria fragilis (),
Clavulina coralloides (),
Clavulina cristata (),
Clavulinopsis fusiformis (),
Climacodon pulcherrimus (),
Clitocybe odora (),
Collybia tuberosa (),
Cortinarius iodes (),
Crepidotus applanatus (),
Crepidotus crocophyllus (),
Cyathus striatus (),
Cyptotrama chrysopepla (),
Dacrymyces chrysospermus (),
Dacryopinax spathularia (),
Daedalea quercina (),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (),
Daldinia childiae (),
Diatrype stigma (),
Echinoderma asperum (),
Entoloma abortivum (),
Exidia crenata (),
Exsudoporus frostii (),
Fuscoporia gilva (),
Fuscopostia fragilis (),
Fuscopostia fragilis (),
Galerina marginata (),
Ganoderma applanatum (),
Ganoderma lobatum (),
Ganoderma sessile (),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Grifola frondosa (),
Gymnopilus spectabilis (),
Gymnopus dryophilus (),
Gyroporus castaneus (),
Hapalopilus rutilans (),
Hebeloma crustuliniforme (),
Hericium erinaceus (),
Hohenbuehelia angustata (),
Hydnophlebia chrysorhiza (),
Hydnum umbilicatum (),
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (),
Hymenopellis furfuracea (),
Hypholoma subviride (),
Hypomyces armeniacus (),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (),
Hypomyces lateritius (),
Hypomyces luteovirens (),
Hypsizygus tessulatus (),
Imleria badia (),
Imleria pallida (),
Ionomidotis irregularis (),
Irpex lacteus (),
Kretzschmaria deusta (),
Laccaria ochropurpurea (),
Lactarius chrysorrheus (),
Lactarius corrugis (),
Lactarius hygrophoroides (),
Lactarius quietus (),
Lactarius subvernalis var. cokeri (),
Lactarius subvernalis var. cokeri (),
Lactifluus corrugis (),
Laetiporus sulphureus (),
Leccinellum albellum (),
Leccinellum crocipodium (),
Leccinum longicurvipes (),
Leccinum rugosiceps (),
Lentinellus ursinus (),
Leotia lubrica (),
Lepista nuda (),
Lycogala flavofuscum (),
Lycoperdon perlatum (),
Marasmius capillaris (),
Marasmius strictipes (),
Marasmius sullivantii (),
Merulius tremellosus (),
Mollisia cinerea (),
Multiclavula mucida (),
Mycena crocea (),
Mycena galericulata (),
Mycena haematopus (),
Mycena inclinata (),
Mycena leaiana (),
Mycena pura (),
Mycena sanguinolenta (),
Mycena subcaerulea (),
Niveoporofomes spraguei (),
Oudemansiella furfuracea (),
Peziza varia (),
Phaeocalicium polyporaeum (),
Phaeolus schweinitzii (),
Phaeophyscia rubropulchra (),
Phaeotremella foliacea (),
Phaeotremella frondosa (),
Phellinus gilvus (),
Phellodon niger (),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Phlyctis argena (),
Phylloporus leucomycelinus (),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (),
Picipes badius (),
Pilobolus crystallinus (),
Pluteus longistriatus (),
Pluteus petasatus (),
Polyporus badius (),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (),
Radulodon copelandii (),
Radulomyces copelandii (),
Ramaria stricta (),
Rhizomarasmius pyrrhocephalus (),
Rickenella fibula (),
Russula compacta (),
Russula fragilis (),
Russula mariae (),
Sarcodon imbricatus (),
Schizophyllum commune (),
Scleroderma areolatum (),
Scleroderma cepa (),
Scleroderma citrinum (),
Scorias spongiosa (),
Scutellinia olivascens (),
Stemonitis fusca (),
Stereum complicatum (),
Stereum ostrea (),
Strobilomyces confusus (),
Strobilomyces strobilaceus (),
Suillus americanus (),
Suillus clintonianus (),
Suillus granulatus (),
Trametes aesculi (),
Trametes betulina (),
Trametes cinnabarina (),
Trametes pubescens (),
Trametes versicolor (),
Trametopsis cervina (),
Tremella mesenterica (),
Trichaptum abietinum (),
Trichaptum biforme (),
Tricholoma caligatum (),
Tricholoma fulvum (),
Tylopilus alboater (),
Tylopilus felleus (),
Tylopilus rubrobrunneus (),
Typhrasa gossypina (),
Tyromyces chioneus (),
Xanthoconium affine (),
Xanthoconium purpureum (),
Xenasmatella vaga (),
Xerocomellus chrysenteron (),
Xylaria polymorpha (),

Phlyctis argena (),

Species missing from list:
Gymnopilus subspectabilis (),
Gyroporus borealis (),
Leucocybe connata (),
Neoantrodia serialis (),
Pleurotus levis (),
Rosellinia subiculata (),
Suillus sinuspaulianus (),
Tyromyces galactinus (),
Botryobasidium vagum (),
Climacodon pulcherrimus (),
Aureoboletus roxanae (),

Lichen missing from the list:
Peltigera membranacea (Membranous Pelt Lichen),

Fomitiporella inermis (),
Fomitiporia hartigii (),
Cortinarius atkinsonianus (),
Amanita atkinsoniana
Phallus impudicus
Buchwaldoboletus sp.

Photos by Barbora Batokova, Stephen Bucklin, Cara Coluter, Mike S Henry, Richard Jacob and zeo111