Cornell University

The Cornell Hoot

On the origins and practice of the Cornell Hoot, a mycological finding tool. Aug 2013

Azalea divinity

Azalea galls look like papier mache fruit, but they are a fungus' work of art. Jul 2013

Woolly mammoths, from art by Mauricio_Antón

Mammoth Poo Fungi

Fungi that lived on mammoth poo have something to tell us. Jun 2013

Rear view of the salt shaker

Flying salt shakers of death

Massospora: A kind of fungus that turns a cicada into a salt shaker of death! Feb 2013

Mushrooms by Alan Weir from flickr

ZAP! Lightning, Gods, and Mushrooms

Everyone knows thunder and lightning make mushrooms grow... Jan 2013

A.D. White House at Cornell University in 2012

Atkinson’s Lost Inocybe

A mushroom discovered on the Cornell campus: on Inocybe olpidiocystis and other unknowns. Jan 2013

A platypus!

Bully for the Platypus

Platypuses in Tasmania are host to a weird fungal disease. Nov 2012

New Growth: Hairy Homer

We unveil our Practically Instant Hair Growth Potion, with help from H. Simpson. Aug 2012

refreshingly fungusy

I ate fungus slime, and it made my breath minty fresh

The title says it all. The wonders of pullulan. Jul 2012

George F. Atkinson

An introduction to G.F. Atkinson, a prominent Cornell mycologist of the early 1900s, by Torben Russo. Feb 2012

The Lichens of Tower Road

Lichens line your daily stroll, and they might be telling you something. Dec 2011

Explore your world with tape

A customs agent, a car, a mold, and a roll of tape on a Friday afternoon. Oct 2011


Most people don't pay much attention to fungi, which include things like mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Here at Cornell we think they're pretty fascinating. In fact, even the most disgusting foot diseases and moldy strawberries are dear to our hearts. We'd like to talk to you about fungi, so that like us, you too can tell gross stories at the dinner table. Afterwards, maybe you'll notice some things you would have overlooked before, and we think this could be good for the planet.

Kathie T. Hodge, Editor

Beneath Notice, our book of borescopic mycology.


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