Date(s) - 18/Oct/2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)
From October 15-30, BC fungal fruiting peaks with a spectacular display of mushrooms of many colours and shapes. Foraging for edible wild fungi, including lobster mushrooms and chanterelles, is popular but it carries a definite risk of accidental poisoning when toxic species are mistaken for edible ones. Exact species identification of mushrooms is even more frustrating than ID of plants or birds. However, to a naturalist with a good eye (and ideally also, a sensitive nose) prized edibles can be correctly distinguished from toxic look-alikes. Learn some key characters and help spread the knowledge to keep our community members safe!
Mary Berbee is a professor in the Department of Botany at UBC. Her research focuses on fungus evolution and systematics. Since 2015, with funding from the Peter Wall Foundation, Mary and her students have been uncovering hidden diversity using DNA barcode sequences to systematically ‘tag’ mushroom specimens with a focus on BC’s top edible and most toxic species. Mary will explain how a coordinated approach with participation of members of regional mycological societies, BC Centre for Disease Control and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is improving scientific understanding of fungal diversity as well as (she hopes) contributing to mushroom-related public safety.
Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm. There will be opportunity for plant identification.