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Lecture: Introduction to Fungal Morphology and Field Identification of Genera

The IMA is pleased to welcome Rocky Houghtby, who will be speaking on

"An Introduction to Fungal Morphology and Field Identification of Genera"

Monday, July 7, 2014

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what to call those spikey/bumpy/flappy things on the mushrooms you’ve found? Have you ever racked your brain for the words to describe the organism you peeled off of that log? Did you ever have to put down an identification key because you encountered some viciously archaic words? Fear no more, IMA member and amateur mycologist Rocky Houghtby will explain the terminology, resources and best practices that will help you hone your identification skills! Rocky’s talk will focus on fungal anatomy and guidelines for field identification of genera. Beginners and more experienced club members are both guaranteed to enjoy this lecture.


Kendall College School of Culinary Arts

900 N.  Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642

(Located just north of W. Chicago Ave. at Halsted St.)


·  There is free parking on the north side of the school. This is very close to the main entrance. Please do not park in the small lot directly in front of the school.

·  You will pass security as you enter the building.

·  Our meeting room may be subject to change.  Please ask about the room number as you enter.


About the Illinois Mycological Association:

The IMA is comprised of mycologists and laypeople from all walks of life who share a common interest in the study of mushrooms. Individual members often have specific areas of interest and expertise, including mushroom foraging, taxonomy, cultivation, mycoremediation, mycorrhizas, medical mycology, yeasts, lichens, food spoilage, fermented foods, plant diseases, symbioses with animals, and edible, poisonous, and entheogenic fungi.

If you are new to mushrooming, joining a mushroom club will give you the opportunity to learn about the fungal diversity found during the annual cycle in Chicagoland and how to identify species properly and safely. Whether you’re an experienced mycophile or are new to the Kingdom of Fungi, we welcome your knowledge and companionship.

For non-IMA-members, there is a $5 suggested donation to attend our lecture series events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Membership in the IMA is only $20 per year and includes participation in our monthly members-only forays. While our lecture series is open to the public, forays into the woods are limited to members only. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collector's permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education. That's why only club members can come on forays. Club members also receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events. You can become an IMA member at any IMA lecture series event, or by clicking here

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