Sent in my Horst Forster, of Austria. Fantastic zone lines!
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.)
The next DIY spalting workshop will be on July 11th, 2015, at Oregon State University.
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.
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))
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:
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:
Then some talking:
And finally, the two main groups made up:
And that is why spalting is awesome. You’re welcome.
The next spalting workshop will be held on August 23rd, 2014, at Oregon State University. For more information, click here.
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…
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!