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my hand lenses

lately in the public lens

Media appearances featuring your Mushroom Blog Editor, Kathie Hodge. Nov 2009


Puffballs ate my mulch

In which your Editor says "fart" a lot, and there is joyous stomping followed by disease. Oct 2009

fungi as insulation

The fungus you want in your walls

Ecovative grows sustainable packaging and insulation! Oct 2009

Hypholoma sublateritium

Taming The Fungus

How to capture a wild mushroom in culture and bend it to your will. Oct 2009

smells like maple syrup

Lactarius helvus, the maple syrup milky cap

It smells like Sunday brunch, but don't serve it to your guests. Aug 2009

Boletus edulis

How to eat a bolete

Boletes (ceps, porcini mushrooms) are among the yummiest of all mushrooms. Jun 2009

Narceus millipede

Small friends of fungi

Little things rule the world, no doubt, and many fungi are charter members of the Dead Plants Society. May 2009

a fungus in amber

Paleomycology: Discovering the fungal contemporaries of dinosaurs

Some fungi preserved in amber for tens of millions of years. May 2009

Beneath Notice

Beneath Notice

Beneath Notice bends perspective: it's a book of photos taken with a borescope, plus witty blurbs. May 2009

Fungi of China

Homeward Bound: Fungi of China

The Plant Pathology Herbarium sends some invaluable fungi home to China. Apr 2009

unsuspecting caterpillar

Entomophaga maimaiga – The caterpillar killer

The demise of a gypsy moth caterpillar in time lapse, plus our insightful play-by-play. Mar 2009

puffball lad

Shots from the archive: puffball lad

Our Herbarium archives about 60,000 images taken over the last 130 years. Mar 2009


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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