Notes for fellow mycologists
We are doing a literature search as you are reading this....
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), or whichever fungarium is in your country.
Extracts showing morphological features (from Van der Westhuizen & Eicker (1994) Mushrooms of Southern Africa, Struik).
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.
It will not take much of your time. All we need is your memory and/or photographs, and to sit down and fill in the online forms as much as you can. If you do not like doing it like that, you can download the excell forms, or just please drop me an email and I can help you with it. Wit