Mushrooms & Fungi

Five new truffle species identified in New Hampshire

Five new truffle species identified in New Hampshire

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species May 8, 2017 at 9:49 am

While other types of so-called deer truffles have been found across Europe and the western United States, the particular species doctoral student Ryan Stephens found in the White Mountain National Forest have never been formally identified and named.   All Elaphomyces species are putatively associated with eastern hemlock,, a tree species in regional decline.  Small mammals play a key role in dispersing these Elaphomyces species and that the Elaphomyces are an important part of the small mammals’ diet.  

Chicago area scientists name chanterelle in the city’s honor

Chicago area scientists name chanterelle in the city’s honor

Celebrity Taxa, Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species September 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

Chicago-area scientists have named a new species of mushroom in the city’s honor. And it might end up on your pizza.  The chanterelle was identified by researchers from the Field Museum and Chicago Botanic Garden with help from Northwestern University students.  The Chicago chanterelle is smaller than other chanterelle mushrooms and is practically odorless compared to the distinctive fruity smell emitted by other types. The Chicago chanterelle is smaller than other chanterelle mushrooms and is practically odorless compared to the distinctive fruity smell emitted by other types. (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

New mushroom species found in Norfolk (don’t eat it)

New mushroom species found in Norfolk (don’t eat it)

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Telegraph | Category: | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports:

New Fungal Species Found In Salami Delightfully Named ‘Penicillium Salami’

Mushrooms & Fungi February 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Popular Science | Journal: International Journal of Food Microbiology Category: Fungi | Taxa: Penicillium salamii | Named for: Salami Other reports: To find a new species of mold, look no further than inside your sandwich. A team of food scientists from across Europe have discovered a new kind of fungus growing on salami, which they

New mushroom discovered on campus – the first since 1985.

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Berkeley News | Category: Fungus | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: For the first time in 30 years, a new species of mushroom has been discovered on the UC Berkeley campus, to the delight of the researchers who found it. Else Vellinga and Nhu Nguyen, the researchers, named it Helvella dryophila, and described it as a beautiful black ”elfin saddle” associated with oaks. They found it on Observatory Hill, an open space area next to the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. The mushroom is edible, but doesn

What’s for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packet.

Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Phys.org | Journal: Peer J Category: Fungi | Taxa: Boletus

‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

Celebrity Taxa, Mushrooms & Fungi, New Species June 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Its discovery in the forests of Borneo, says San Francisco State University researcher Dennis Desjardin, suggests that even some of the most charismatic characters in the fungal kingdom are yet to be identified. Shaped like a sea sponge, S. squarepantsii was found in 2010 in the Lambir Hills in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is bright orange-although it can turn purple when sprinkled with a strong chemical base-and smells vaguely fruity or strongly musty.