Please help us!
There are three research projects that I currently am running. It is very largely dependent on asking for your help, because without it, we will never be able to collect the amount of data needed. (1) With your help we will be able to, for the first time in South Africa, determine if some fungal species are threatened, common, rare, or nearing extinction, and put them on the conservation lists! (2) With your help, we can determine the distributions of some species (for instance, check out MushroomMap) and boost DNA barcoding of our native fungi. This will lead to our ability to describe some of the many new fugal species we have. (3) With your help, we can make a list of ecto-mycorrhizal fungi that were introduced with their hosts into South Africa, and determine if they are invading our native vegetation.
Collection of fungi for identification or description purposes:
Below follows leads that summarise the process from collection of a fungus to identifying or describing it, until it is lodged in the National Collection of Fungi (NCF).
Notes for citizens
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To read more basic facts about fungi to start with, any good mycology book will provide it. There are also a number of good websites. Also look at the "Who is near you" page to see the active citizen mycology societies close to you. Please also join the Mushrooms for Southern Africa face book page.
Currently, there is a book available aimed for South Africans, which will already help (find more information here). In future I will provide extra facts through this website.