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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 21 - April 2019

Fungimap AGM

Notice is hereby given of the 2019 Fungimap Inc. Annual General Meeting which will be held on Thursday 2 May in Perth, WA, at 5:30 pm local time which equates to 7:30 pm EST and 7:00 pm Australian Central Daylight Time.

Location: 21 Rankin Rd, Shenton Park, Perth WA or the meeting can be attended electronically via Zoom. For more details read here.

Vision towards the future of  Fungimap

As Fungimap President my vision of Fungimap is that we are a National group with the role to educate and enable regional Fungi groups to gather the information required to put Australia’s Fungi on the map. How? By:
  • Providing a national base, giving us a united voice to actively promote the inclusion of fungi in the conservation sphere.
  • Producing educational aids and where possible, assistance with regional workshops and forays.
  • Applying for grants to conduct workshops and forays to raise awareness and interest in fungi and therefore involve more of the general community.
  • Having a central office at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne as a base for our Fungimap coordinator.
  • Making use of social media such as Facebook and apps like iNaturalist to involve the interested public who are excited about the fantastic fungi photos they now take with smartphones and good small cameras. They want to know something about what they have photographed. It’s just one step more to arouse their curiosity, pique their interest in fungi and engage them in fungi appreciation and conservation.
Read the rest here.

Taxonomy Australia website goes live

Are you fascinated by Australia’s biodiversity, its plants, fungi and creatures, great and small? Did you know that thousands of new species are discovered and described by Australia’s taxonomists every year? Or that an estimated 70% of Australia’s species have yet to be discovered, described, classified and named? Taxonomy Australia supports, advocates, and informs the sciences of taxonomy and biosystematics – discovering Australia’s species and understanding its biodiversity. Read more here or visit their website here.

Geastrum quadrifidium (© Alison Pouliot).

Toxic mushrooms sprout

Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton, issued a health advisory on 5 April 2019 about consuming wild mushrooms, which said:

"If you have any doubts about a species of fungus or mushroom, don't eat it. Cooking, peeling or drying these mushrooms does not remove or inactivate the poison."
For pictures of the deathcap and the yellow stainer check this out.

Yellow-staining Mushroom (Agaricus xanthodermus, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria).

Warning not to eat wild mushrooms

NSW Healthcare has issued a warning not to eat wild mushrooms. This follows the poisoning of 8 people (including 3 children) who ate foraged mushrooms. Last year the Poisons Information Centre received 218 calls about wild mushroom exposure and 70 people were admitted to hospital. They pointed out that some poisonous mushrooms in Australia bear a resemblance to edible mushrooms in Europe. The Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria have issued a warning specifically about the Death Cap mushroom. Read more here. If you have eaten wild mushrooms, contact triple zero or the Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26).

Amanita phalloides (V Hubregtse CC-BY-SA).

Fungi for a healthy planet

Listen to The Magic of Mushrooms WOMAD Planet Talks here.
Dr Brian Pickles -Lecturer in Ecology, University of Reading
Dr Alison Pouliot - Ecologist and ANU Honorary Fellow
Dr Michael Hornblow - Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania.
Gavin McIntyre Co-founder of Ecovative Design
Host- RN's Robyn Williams

Stocking mycelium (Rachel Tham).

Fungi Events

Fire Loving Fungi - Huon Valley Fungi Club

Talk with Dr Richard Robinson
Geeveston Community Hall
Brady Street Geeveston TAS 7116
Wednesday 22nd May 11AM
Gold Coin Donation
SMS 0435006586 with your name and number of seats to book
or email

Latrobe Valley Fungi - A Fungimap CVA Project

'Putting Gippsland Fungi on the Map' with Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, plus 'Insights into rare and threatened Fungi' by Dr Tom May. Organised by the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club, May 24 from 7:30-9pm. Entry free.
To register your interest in being part of the project, email here.

Bairnsdale Fungi Talks - A Fungimap CVA Project

Meeting of the Bairnsdale & District Field Naturalists Club. Presentations: ‘Putting Gippsland Fungi on the Map' by Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and 'Insights into rare and threatened Fungi' by Dr Tom May. May 25 from 7:30-9pm, at St Mary's Parish Hall, Pyke Street, Bairnsdale. More info here.

Ballarat Fungi Foray - A Fungimap CVA Project

Field trip with Fungimap and Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat to learn about fungi and how to record them. June 9, time and location to be announced. More info here.

Sponsor a Species

Our editors are working hard to complete the next edition of 'Fungi Down Under'. You can help by sponsoring one or more of the fungi, such as the beautiful species shown here.
At a cost of $100 for each species, these are tax-deductible donations to the Austral Fungi Fund, and will help pay for the publication costs of the book. To find the species needing to find a sponsor, please visit our shop.

Leocarpus fragilis (Malcolm McKinty CC-BY-SA).
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