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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 19 - February 2019

FDU2 Images Needed Urgently

The second edition of Fungi Down Under is well under way. This edition will include 100 new species, bringing the combined number of fungi featured in the two guides to 200.

We (editors Tom May, Pam Catcheside & Sarah Lloyd) would be grateful for images of the species listed below and for which, at present, we have few or no images. The full list of proposed target species can be accessed here. For more information about submitting images see this page.

Cladia (Heterodia) muelleri (lichen)
Cyclocybe parasitica
Entoloma austroroseum
Gyromitra tasmanica
Henningsomyces candidus
Itajaya hornseyi
sp. ‘A’
Lentinellus tasmanicus
Oudemansiella exannulata
Thamnolia vermicularis

FDU2 Preview!

Work on the second Fungi Down Under field guide has developed to such an extent that we can offer a preview. Shown above is an example of the layout for Elaeomyxa cerifera (the map is for a different species this shows how it will be placed). Thanks to Sarah Lloyd for preparing this page.

A Parasite on Tea-tree Bug

Septobasidium clelandii is a parasitic fungus that can be found emerging from swellings on tea tree twigs. However, it is not parasitic on the tea tree, but on the female of a coccid bug (Callococcus leptospermi) that forms galls on several species of Leptospermum. The fruiting bodies look like tiny dark blades. Read more here.

A cross section of a scale insect with Septobasidium clelandii covering it (Couch, 1938).

Education Resources for Teachers

Kay Yeoman and Jaeger Hamilton have compiled resources including many still images and videos of fungi for use in lectures, public talks or projects with school children. The project was developed through a grant from the Society for General Microbiology and aims to inspire more teaching of mycology to undergraduates and children. It can be found here.

The Caterpillar (John Tenniel, Public Domain).

Future of our Forests

Fungi are vital to the health of forests. They recycle and distribute nutrients and form partnerships with the roots of most plants. They are also one of the major food sources for many native animals. However fungi, along with our forests, are at risk from a wide range of environmental problems.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is conducting a public consultation (closing 31 March 2019) that everyone can contribute to. This is a perfect opportunity to influence the future management of our forests. Have your voice heard by filling in the questionaire here.

Sandpit River, Wielangta Tasmania (JJ Harrison, CC-BY-SA).

Fungi Can Perceive Light

Did you know that fungi can perceive light with the same light-sensitive molecules as plants and animals? This process is known as phototropism and the Cairns Fungi Foragers recently brought out a new issue (#12) which looks into phototropism in Leucocoprinus birnbaumii. This issue also talks about gills versus pores, the different types of spore dispersal and the potential for amateur research into fungal ecology. If you are interested in reading more, please contact Barry Muir.

Coordinator Needed

If you live near Melbourne and would like a job to help coordinate Fungimap please check out this job description and apply before 3 March 2019. Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at the Melbourne Gardens. 

Fungi Events

Invitation to Fungimap Planning session 22 February

Fungimap President Roz Hart invites all Fungimap supporters to come along and contribute to our annual planning meeting on Friday 22nd February 2019 from 1:30 to 4.30pm

If you are able to attend the meeting by Zoom (online) – please give us your email and phone number by email by the 20th of February.

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.

Marasmius alveolaris (Malcolm McKinty CC-BY-SA).
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