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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...

McIlvainea Vol. 29:


Glass Half-full or Half-empty? Final Thoughts on Medicinal Fungi


Dianna Smith
Dianna Smith

NAMA member Dianna Smith published the third and final installment of her research on medicinal mushrooms in the current issue of McIlvainea.

It's an elegantly written, deeply researched, and thoroughly interesting survey of what is known and what questions remain about mushrooms as medicine. Smith chairs NAMA's medicinal mushroom committee and has a graduate degree in the History of Science and Technology and also studied Chinese.