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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 23 - June 2019

Donate to Fungimap at Tax Time 

With the end of financial year upon us, now is a perfect time to donate to Fungimap. We are a very small organisation, almost entirely powered by the hard work of committed volunteers, but  without memberships and donations we could not continue to operate.

If you are able to make a regular donation, this is particularly helpful. And, because donations to us are tax deductible, your dollar can go further!

Find more information at our website about donations and membership

Image of Astraeus hygrometricus (Max Campbell)

Gold Sequestering Fungus Found in WA

A pink fungus that covers itself in gold nanoparticles has been discovered in Western Australia. Fusarium oxysporum produces a chemical that can disolve gold. It also grows bigger and faster relative to fungi that do not use gold, but scientists don't yet know why. It is hoped that the fungus could be used in the gold mining industry. Read more here.

Scanning electron microscopy image of Fusarium oxysporum (CSIRO)

Fairy Dell Foray Success

Bairnsdale and District Field Naturalists had a fabulous fungi foray at Fairy Dell looking at and learning about our local fungi with Tom and Sapphire. Tom is mycologist with the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria and Sapphire is the Fungimap Mycologist. They visited Gippsland 23-26 May 2019 as part of the 'Putting Victoria’s fungal biodiversity on the map' project.

Mycena clarkeana (Vicki Fraser, Left) and Right Fairy Dell Foray Leaders: Andrew Bould,  Jennifer Wilkinson, Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Tom May and Vicki Fraser (left to right).

Project free downloads

Regional quick identification kits are being uploaded under Identification Resources at the bottom of the project page.

To find out more about our rare and threatened Victorian fungi read these:

  • Lost Fungi booklet here
  • Tea-tree Fingers Booklet here

Regenerative farmers focus on fungi

The so-called “shroom boom” is here and interest in fungi is growing rapidly, especially among the foraging community. But beyond edible mushrooms, fungi provide the fundamental soil architecture that holds terrestrial ecosystems together. Be they forests, woodlands or agroecosystems, fungi provide the scaffold of processes and connectivities that underpin soil health.

Read more of Alison Pouliot's report on her workshops with regenerative farmers in the Southern Tablelands of NSW here.

Image: Farmers and interested folk attend a fungus workshop at Braidwood. (Alison Pouliot) 

Fungi Events

Fungal Microscopy Workshop

Learn how to use microscopes to identify different types of fungi. Beginner friendly. Saturday June 22, 2pm at Bioquisitive (124 Weston St Melbourne). Organised by MYCOmmunity. For more info and to get tickets click here.

Mushroom Growing Workshop

Learn how to grow mushrooms for food or bioremediation. Beginner friendly. Saturday August 3, 2pm at Bioquisitive (124 Weston St Melbourne). Organised by MYCOmmunity. For more info and to get tickets click here.

Tax deductible donations welcome!

Fungimap is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission meaning any donation over $2 is tax deductible. Your support allows us to continue our work mapping the distribution of Australian fungi, advocating for fungal conservation,  and promoting its ecological importance. 

Find more information at our website about donations and membership
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