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Fungimap Inc. is a not-for-profit citizen science organisation dedicated to raising the profile of Australia's incredible fungal diversity. Our emphasis is on enjoying and learning about fungi, with a focus on macrofungi in the natural environment.

Fungimap eNews 26 - September 2019

A boost for Mapping Victorian fungi 

We have finished the final events for the the conservation project 'Putting Victorian fungi on the map' supported by the Victorian Government. We would like to thank all the host groups and individuals who helped us get around most of Victoria – read more about the events and the project including quick identification kits for Victorian regions.

Training observers to encourage the use of the iNaturalist platform to collect data is working to increase the number of research-grade observations of fungi across Victoria. Participants are encouraged to keep observing fungi as the identification algorithm helps with initial identifications and then having their recognisable observations verified by people from the region gives them opportunities to learn and feel more confident about their fungi identification skills.
 
At the start of the project there were about six observers from Victoria with about 300 species from about 500 observations. Now after the public events there are 84 observers recorded for Victoria having recorded 660 species from about 3800 observations so far. We have a number of enthusiastic observers who are now going back and adding their historical data based on their digital photos. This should give us some coverage for at least the last decade. Note these number the amazing Reiner who does reside in Victoria and has supplied over 13000 records from around Australia.

Image: Sterilising our shoes before surveying a conservation site near Ballarat (Emily Nobel)

iNaturalist helps track potential weeds and conservation status

Recent updates to iNaturalist have been introduced with new data being included to indicate where species come from and if they have conservation status. iNaturalist and the Atlas of Living Australia data is improving our understanding of species by providing information about natural distributions and indicating when species are introduced to areas.

Humans are the main movers of species around the world. So please always go with clean clothes, including hats and equipment when you enter bushlands, particularly areas that these invasive species have not been spread to. Unfortunately some weedy fungi are now naturalised in our local areas and you can pick up spores easily and spread them unknowingly. 

Read more about how you can prevent the spread of weedy fungi here

The fascinating world of Fungi!

Since Fungimap events in Portland in June 2019, more people have become fascinated by our fungi. Nature Glenelg Trust describe their delight and discovery from their first fungi forays. Read more here.  

Fungi Events

Workshop: Citizen Science and Fungal Conservation

Citizen mycologists play a vital role in collecting data for conservation and protection of threatened fungi. In this workshop you will learn how to use the iNaturalist app to report sightings of fungi as well as have them identified. You will find out how the information is used to help set conservation priorities and protect endangered fungi. You will also learn how to access the information yourself using the Atlas of Living Australia. Presenting the workshop will be Caine Barlow who completed his Masters in Bioinformatics assisting with the IUCN Red-Listing of endangered fungi.

September 28, 2-4pm
$5-10
Mycommunity – Applied Mycology and Learning Lab
124 Weston St 
Brunswick East, 3057

Talk: What are Fungi Doing for Our Bushlands?

Did you notice fungi popping up in mulch or lawns after the winter rains? Did you wonder what it might be named? Fungal Ecologist and Fungimap Mycologist Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher thinks a more interesting question to ask is: what is that fungus *doing*?

Fungi fruit bodies like mushrooms, puffballs, stinkhorns and so forth are a sign that the fungus is in there, working away hidden in the grass, soil and wood. Many fungi are nutrient recyclers, others are symbionts of plants, and a few are parasitic. Join us to find out more about the Wood Wide Web, fungal ecology and how fungi work to keep our bushland healthy.

October 10, 7-8:30pm
$11-25
Royal Society of Victoria
8 La Trobe St 
Melbourne, 3000

In the Fungimap shop:
A Field Guide to Australian Fungi

 

With more than 500 fungus species described, including slime moulds and 548 superb colour photographs illustrating many fungi for the first time. All fungi are photographed in their natural environment. Includes information on fungal biology and ecology and more, has an illustrated guide to main groups and sample of notes recording fungus data collected in the field. Available now for $50 + $5 shipping in the Fungimap shop.

 
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