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eNews 36 - November 2020

Hygrocybe anomala, photo Steve Axford
In this issue...
  • Fungi Down Under 2 call out
  • Upcoming online event: Pam Catcheside
  • New book: The Forest in the Tree
  • Innovation Principles for Citizen Science
  • Support Fungimap
  • Finding Pixie's Parasol
  • fun fungi news stories

Fungi Down Under 2 Call Out


Dear Fungimap community,

As most of you probably know, we have been working on a second edition of our flagship Fungi Down Under field guide. Fungi Down Under 2 will include an additional 100 target Australian fungi species, as well as the original 100 species in Fungi Down Under. It is being compiled and edited by Pam Catcheside and Tom May.  

We thank all those who have sponsored species and contributed in various ways to the project thus far. We are now at an important phase of the project, and we need your help! 

We are looking for a few people who have image manipulation skills and access to Photoshop to help us manipulate approximately 100 images to be published in the guide in the same style as the first edition of Fungi Down Under. The manipulation work is estimated to take approximately 1 hour per image, and involves cutting out around some of the images, and cropping and bleeding edges on others (example given below). We will give clear instructions on what needs to happen with each image.  

We are able to offer $5 per image for between 10-100 images per person. Payment will be made at the completion of allocated images. Another perk of the job is acknowledgement in the book that you have contributed to this important project.

If interested, please email Sophie at detailing how much time/how many images you are able to do, how many weeks you estimate it would take around your other commitments, what experience you have in this area, and for further information. 

Looking ahead with this project, we are also looking for someone who has experience doing layout using Adobe InDesign using a pre-existing design template. This would be a paid job for a negotiated fee. If this sounds like you, please get in touch at .

Together we will make this book happen! Thank you,

Sophie, Pam, Tom and the Fungimap Committee

Henningsomyces candidus, photo Russell Chambers

Upcoming Online Event

Ecology and Evolution Series: Pam Catcheside
THIS FRIDAY - Friday 6th November 2020
3.00 - 4.00pm ACST (Adelaide time)

This Friday, join Pam Catcheside, Honorary Research Associate at the State Herbarium, for a presentation on the quiet achievements of fungi and how they are changing the world. Pam has been collecting and documenting the larger fungi of South Australia for more than 20 years, and her particular interests are the disc fungi (Ascomycetes), fungi that fruit after fire, and the fungi of Kangaroo Island.

The University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences presents this Ecology and Evolution Series of webinars to provide the public with access to new research.

To RSVP and receive your Zoom link, click here.
New book: The Forest in the Tree

Our online bookshop is now stocking this beautifully illustrated new science-adventure story for children by Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, and Gregory Crocetti. 

It's a story about trees and fungi connected through a ‘wood wide web’ – told by one tiny fungal spore. A little fungus meets a baby cacao tree and they learn to feed each other. They cooperate with a forest of plants and a metropolis of microbes in the soil. But when drought strikes can they work together to survive? This is the fourth book in the Small Friends Books series, exploring the Earth-shaping partnerships between plants, fungi and bacteria.

The perfect Christmas gift for the child in your life! Order it here.

We also have a fantastic range of other books for fungi enthusiasts. For all Christmas purchases, please order by December 4th to allow sufficient mailing time. Give a gift that leads to a lifetime of discovery!

Innovation Principles for Citizen Science

Join Dr Jasmin Packer (Fungimap's Vice President) and guests from iBandi and Wild Orchid Watch for a thought-provoking presentation on harnessing citizen science for innovation (including use of iNaturalist!) This fantastic talk is part of the Australian Citizen Science Association's CitSciOzOnline. Check it out here.

Auricularia cornea, photo Steve Axford
Support Fungimap!

If you're not yet a member of Fungimap, now's a great time to join! Members will soon receive an end-of-year report and have access to our upcoming webinar series.

Members are at the heart of our organisation, and membership fees enable us to continue doing our essential work in encouraging the public to submit fungi records, providing help with fungi IDs, educating people about the importance of fungi, supplying field guides and tools for identification, holding forays and events, and advocating for fungal conservation. Become a member by completing the new member form at and follow the prompts to pay via PayPal, or email if you would prefer to pay via direct deposit.  

Alternatively, donations are always welcome and donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Visit for more information. Thank you for your support!
Mycena interrupta, photo Steve Axford

Finding Pixie's Parasol

Luke Florence, Fungimap member and student at Southern Cross University, has been researching the distribution of Mycena interrupta, one of the Fungimap target species, as part of his coursework.

The Pixie's Parasol is one of Australia's most well-loved fungi, and Luke used data from the Atlas of Living Australia for some of this research - no doubt provided by many Fungimap members over the years!

Luke has created a nifty and interesting online presentation which you can check out here.

Other fun fungi news stories...

Underground Fungal Colonies Act as Aid Networks for Some Older Trees - Canadian research

Major fashion houses to sell products made from mushroom leather by next year - news article

And one for the poetry lovers...Disused Shed by Derek Mahon (who recently passed away)

We need your support - buy a book, join Fungimap, tell your friends.....

  • We record and map fungi in Australia.

  • We spread the word about the essential role of fungi in biodiversity.

  • We advocate for fungal conservation and investment in mycology.

  • We would love you to join us and help with this work.

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