Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mycology Class Field Trip

On Wednesday, the students from a Biology of Fungi course at University of Michigan visited Stinchfield Woods to hunt for mushrooms. They split up into 2 groups: one collected in the conifer forest and the other group collected in the mixed hardwood forest. After about an hour of collecting, they headed back to the classroom to talk about the different mushrooms that can be found in different forest types. For example,  Hen-of-the-Woods (Grifola frondosa) is only found in the hardwood forest and the class only found Lactarius mushrooms in the conifer forest.

This strange looking object is a fungi "egg," which a stinkhorn mushroom will hatch out of. What a great find!

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