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Fungimap eNews 27 - October 2019

Deadly fungus native to Japan and Korea discovered in Australian rainforest

The Guardian reports that one of the world’s most deadly fungi Podostroma cornu-damae or Poison Fire Coral has been found in rainforest near Cairns. Fungimapper Ray Palmer says he first observed the fungus in 2016, with additional sightings in April and May this year.

First thought to be native to Japan and Korea, P. cornu-damae is believed to be toxic to touch – though another article translated from Japanese being shared widely in the community of mycologists and fungi enthusiasts questions just how poisonous it is. James Cook University mycologist Matt Barrett says it is likely to be more widespread, so keep an eye out and log any sightings via our iNaturalist project Fungimap Australia.

See more of Ray Palmer’s fungi photography in our gallery.

Image: Podostroma cornu-damae Ray Palmer CC-BY-SA

Myco-news from afar from Alison Pouliot

Thanks to an invitation by Uni Washington mycologist Steve Trudell and a grant from the Stuntz Foundation, I was fortunate to participate in the Pacific Northwest Key Council meeting and other events in the Pacific
Northwest this (Northern Hemisphere) autumn. The Key Council is a brilliant initiative and was founded to develop, refine and test fungus keys for selected species and genera of Pacific Northwest fungi.

Read more of Alison Pouliot's dispatch from the Pacific Northwest on the Fungimap blog.

Image: Clavariadelphus truncatus. Alison Pouliot CC-BY-SA

Atlas of Living Australia joins the iNaturalist Network

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) has officially launched as the eighth organisation in the international iNaturalist Network. As part of a formal agreement between ALA and iNaturalist, it is hoped that more Australians will explore our biodiversity by sharing their observations via the iNaturlaist app and improve the quality of data in the ALA.

Join our community and upload your observations to the Fungimap Australia project on iNaturalist. 

The sound of fungi

Have you ever wondered what fungi sound like? Now you can, thanks to multidisciplinary artist and mycophile Tosca Teran's fascinating work. Using a cunning combination of biodata recordings and MIDI-sequenced synthesizers, her practice sits right at the intersection of art and science. Listen to a snippet of the sound of fungi via ABC Radio

Fungi Events

Meeting: A Year of Forays and Reports

November 12, 7-9pm
FM Bailey Room
Queensland Herbarium,
Mt Coot-tha

In the Fungimap shop:
Australian Subtropical Fungi


Written by Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Patrick Leonard and Frances Guard, Australian Subtropical Fungi brings together some of the astounding fungi from the forests, woodlands, bush and gardens of the Australian subtropics. This convenient field guide describes 115 fungi, many for the first time. All species are illustrated with attractive colour photographs.

In this book, the three authors bring together their years of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for this incredible Kingdom.

Available now for $35 + $5 shipping in the Fungimap shop.

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