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borescopic mycology

Our '09 art show featured borescope photos by Kent Loeffler, and fungal outbursts by KT Hodge. Fun! Jan 2009

lost dog

A veterinary detective story

Mushroom poisoning in dogs can be hard to diagnose. Here's a Vet's account of Shiloh's fatal and perplexing case. Nov 2008

Goodbye Shiloh

Eulogy for a lost dog

The moving tale of Shiloh, a much-loved Great Pyrenees dog who lost her life to poisonous Galerina mushrooms. Oct 2008

crucibulum world

Fungi on Science Friday!

Fungi on the airwaves. Listen to Kathie and Dave Fischer talk fungus talk on National Public Radio's Science Friday. Sep 2008

foam from the stream

Fungi in streams: a leaf nightmare

We explore the roles and beauty of fungi that live in streams and have spores like jacks. Aug 2008

Coprinus comatus ink

The Dish on Deliquescence in Coprinus Species

Inky cap deliquescence: What? How? Why? Bonus: time lapse! Jul 2008

So you want to be a truffle-farmer…? (Part 2)

A short history of truffle cultivation, and a rant on the insincerity of "truffle oil." Apr 2008


So you want to be a truffle-farmer…? (Part 1)

Truffles are super-expensive because they can't be cultivated. Or can they? Feb 2008

oysters en route

The Future of Fungal Freshness?

Growing mushrooms then shipping them is so old style. Grow them DURING shipping! Jan 2008


A simple way to preserve fungal cultures

A cheap and easy method to store fungal cultures: dried, on filter paper. Jan 2008

spore discharge

The Perfect Pitch

Mushrooms like the damp. They use the water from the air to discharge their spores. Here's how. Dec 2007

corn smut


Would you eat something called devil's corn? Sure! it's a gourmet treat. Nov 2007


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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