Speaker Series: Mushrooms and Trees
Fungi are amazing organisms that have big impacts on trees. Some mushrooms help trees stay well watered and assist with mineral nutrition. Many of these mushrooms can be choice edibles. Fungi also help degrade dead trees. There are also fungi that attack and kill trees, eating them from the inside out.
This talk will explore the lifestyles of mushrooms that trees need, the fungi that trees fear, and the rotters that run the cleanup crew.
Elliott Horner: Elliott spent 4 ½ years failing to kill Christmas trees, but managed anyway to finish school as a forest pathologist. Time spent in the woods as a kid made it easy to seek a biology path. Only had one job outdoors, in a Longleaf Pine nature preserve, then that career path went indoors more than outdoors. A day in the woods – preferably piney woods – is still the favored choice though, especially among the diverse plant communities of the southeast.
Sam Landes: Sam Landes is a retired Montessori Teacher. He grew up in Central Illinois where his mother took him morel mushroom hunting beginning at the age of 5. He has been the Treasurer of the Mushroom Club of Georgia since 2010. His wife, Dr. Cornelia Cho, is the President of the club. Cornelia and Sam are both members of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA). Sam is the Foray Committee Chair for NAMA. Sam and Cornelia travel around the country joining other mushroom enthusiasts in hunting for mushrooms.RSVP Now