Fungus of the Year – 2015

I know you have been waiting for it! The 2015 fungus of the year, as voted for via hair color in the Applied Mycology Lab, is Chlorociboria species! Thanks to everyone who voted!

(A lot of the colors aren’t visible in this photo for some reason…except for Claudia’s bright magenta head.)

voting for fungus of the year

voting for fungus of the year

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DIY Spalting Workshop

The next DIY spalting workshop will be on July 11th, 2015, at Oregon State University.

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Fungus colors write up in Popular Science

Hey all! We got a bit of a shout out in Popular Science this month (they did a phone interview with me). Check it out here.

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Spalting Angels?

Three members of the Applied Mycology Lab (we got a lab rename!) were spotted at a Wood Magic booth on Saturday, demonstrating how bubbles can be blown through red oak.  Hooray for wood anatomy!





(from left to right: Sarath Vega (PhD student), Amy McClelland (undergraduate), and Patty Vega (PhD student))

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And the fungus of the year is…

At the beginning of each school term, the lab votes on its favorite fungus.  Voting is done via hair color (of course).  The results were as follows:

Fungi voting

Scytalidium cuboideum: 2.5 votes (someone had a dyed hair clip instead of actual dyed hair)

Chlorociboria species: 3 votes

Scytalidium ganodermophthorum: 1 vote

So the fungus of the year for the 2014/2015 school year is Chlorociboria species!


Now, of course, things got a little harry for a while.  There was a lot of fighting:

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Then some talking:



And finally, the two main groups made up:

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And that is why spalting is awesome.  You’re welcome.

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spalting workshop

The next spalting workshop will be held on August 23rd, 2014, at Oregon State University.  For more information, click here.

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More from the Amazon

Meet Yasmanie, our fantastic field guide who hacks through the vines so we can get to the awesome spalting!  He also is much better at spotting Tangarana trees than any of us are…


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more Amazonian goodness

Green zone lines, people.  GREEN zone lines!


green zone lines

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Pigments in the Amazon!

If you’re not yet a contributor to the pigment research, look at what you are missing!  Below is some purple stain my PhD student found in the Amazon rain forest of Peru!



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Baby Spalt arrives!

You may have noticed a serious delay recently in e-mail response and website updates – this was for a very good reason.  Baby Spalt arrived Tuesday, June 10th around 10:00pm weighing 9 lbs 14 oz!

We’re both doing well, but I will be slow to respond to e-mails for the next several weeks.  In the mean time the spalting book continues to evolve and grow, so be sure to check the book page frequently for updates.

Happy Summer everyone!

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