MYCO-SPEAK Presentation by Dianna Smith 

This is the first of a series of six educational workshops offered by the Pionner Valley Mycological Association in 2017 to members (anyone from any state can join the PVMA for just $15 a year).

The purpose of this presentation is to demystify the vocabulary used by taxonomists and mycologists to describe the various features of macro-fungi, fungi we can eaily see with our eyes. Many of the words employed are either derived from Latin or Greek. Latin, now a ‘dead’ language, is used by scientists throughout the world. While most of us have not studied Latin, the vast majority of us have learned or at least are familiar with one of the Romance languages, such as Italian, French or Spanish. Even if you are not fluent in any of these languages, you are familiar with vocabulary words which are derived from Latin. It is my belief that you will find you know and understand more of the words defined in this presentation than you might at first think. 

I encourage anyone serious about amateur mycology to view this program frequently and to use the vocabulary mentioned and explained. I, for example, have over 20,000 photos of fungi, many of which only have a genus name. While constructing this presentation I worked to define detailed characteristics of fungi unnamed to species. In so doing, I was able to research and determine the species of several. As I have the time to thoroughly describe the characteristics of each, I will be better able to accurately determine the many that remain mysteries to me. Copyrite: 03/20/16

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