MASMC 2017

MASMC_blue_edited2I recently had the honor of delivering the keynote lecture at the 38th annual Middle Atlantic States Mycology Conference (MASMC), which was held on April 22 at the JC Raulston Arboretum and was hosted by Marc Cubeta and friends from the Center For Integrated Fungal Research at North Carolina State University.

MASMC group



The talks on Saturday were followed on Sunday by the traditional morel foray in the Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest. There were no morels, but it was nice to walk again in the North Carolina woods with all its familiar plants.


Tipularia discolor (cranefly orchid), Hexastylis arifolia (wild ginger), and Magnolia acuminata ? (cucumber tree)


Hepatica (Anemone) americana (round-lobed hepatica) and Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower)

tulip poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip poplar)

Tylopilus felleus

Tylopilus felleus (sensu lato), growing under loblolly pines, one of the few mushrooms seen–it seemed early to be finding this ectomycorrhizal species.

MASMC beer glass

Rytas Vilgalys, Julia Kerrigan, and Andy Methven