New Issue of The Mycophile

This issue contains some important information on how to participate an upcoming National Geographic Mycoblitz, a delectable spread of creative wildcrafting recipes and a defiant cry from a young mycologist on the intrinsic value of of his mycological heroes. The cover artwork by Roo Vandegrift was submitted to accompany that essay but President Barbara Ching was so moved by its stark (yet paradoxically colorful) message that she decided it must grace our cover page. There is still time (though very few slots!) to register for our upcoming annual foray in the Adirondacks and we hope to see you there! To read the new issue, follow this link...

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Lichen Basics

Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). The major component is a fungus (mycobiont), hence they are classified as fungi — the vast majority being ascomycetes. Lichens are fungi that have taken up farming, and they are known as lichenized fungi. There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose.
To see the page on Lichens written by Dorothy Smullen, follow this link...

New:  Medicinal Fungi Articles

Shennong chewing a branch (1503). The short horns on his head are a consequence of his acquiring a feature of immortal tortoises. Painting by Guo Xu (1456-1529).

Dianna Smith has written three excellent articles on medicinal fungi.  In the first, "Medicinal Fungi: Hype & Hope", Dianna explores the history of this topic, lists useful resources, and discusses the deep personal background she brings to the table. Her second article, "Scientific Research and Medicinal Fungi", dives into human uses of fungi as medicines such as antibiotics and statins, as well as the current state of clinical studies of specific fungi.  The most recent article discusses the aura and mythology of Ganoderma ling-zhi and its connection to immortality elixers.

All three articles (with a final one coming soon) can be found in McIlvainea, NAMA's online journal.