UK Fungus Day @UniofReading notes no. 1

Morning fungus foray in action

Morning fungus foray in action (Photo by Rupert Wilson)

UK Fungus Day was marked by excellent weather for seeing and collecting fungi.  The group walked through the Wilderness on the morning foray and then in to central campus for the afternoon foray. The group consisted of Thames Valley Fungi Group members, several University alumni and a group of MSc Plant Diversity students as well as School of Biological Sciences staff.

The fungal ID was led by Mike Harrison of Thames Valley Fungus Group along with several other experts so a lot of fungi were found and identified although some were challenging enough that they had to be taken away for ID later on.

Fungus forayers in action.  Mike Harrison showing the Orange peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia)

Fungus forayers in action. Mike Harrison showing the Orange peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia)

Here are images of just some of the fungi found today with the help of the Thames Valley Fungus Group.  Identifications in process so the gallery will be updated over time.

See fungus records for last year on our Fungi List and Gallery. You can also see other fungi collected on our foray Blog 2 and Blog 3.

Thanks to Mike Harrison and Mike Waterman for providing many challenging identifications.

About Alastair Culham

A professional botanist and biologist with an interest in promoting biological knowledge and awareness to all.
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2 Responses to UK Fungus Day @UniofReading notes no. 1

  1. Fay Newbery says:

    Were any other plant pathogens found in addition to the tar spot on sycamore? I’d love to see a full species list when it’s completed. Wish I could have been there.

    • The list of identifications is still being compiled – several specimens needed to be taken away for microscope work. The list will be published. I have also uploaded barely half the images so there is more yet to come.

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