March Monthly Mushroom Meeting

Join us Monday March 1 for our Monthly Mushroom Meeting as we invite special guest David Rust as he brings us to the underground world of mycorrhizal connections. Discover how fungi and plants make a mycorrhizal connection!

Mycorrhizal symbiosis is a seemingly simple concept:  plants provide carbohydrates; fungi gather nutrients.  That’s once the mycorrhizal connection is made, but what’s involved in the process of colonization?  How do these underground connections come about at the structural level of hyphae and the root system? What environmental factors are in play to facilitate this connection?

Join David as he delights us with important discoveries that have been made about the connections mycorrhizal fungi have made with other organisms and how they can be markers for the health of our soil. 


More about David Rust:

David Rust is past president of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA). Along with his wife Debbie Veiss, he is the co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society. He created the All California Club Forays in 2005 and coordinated the Mycoblitz science forays at Point Reyes National Seashore from 2005-2007. He is an active participant in the Yosemite Fungal Survey. He is past president, vice president and fair committee chair of the Mycological Society of San Francisco. For over a decade, David has followed news and research about the devastating forest pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, which causes the disease known as Sudden Oak Death. He is a member of the California Oak Mortality Task Force. David is a participant in the North American Mycoflora Project, a new citizen science endeavor to document all fungi on the continent. As well as an active participant at SOMA Camp.