Feb 152020

Speaker: Joshua Bodwell – Mushroom Cultivation: the art of growing delicious fungi

PLEASE NOTE the NEW TIME: 4.00-6.00 pm
Location: FM Bailey room, Queensland Herbarium, Mt Coot-tha.

Queensland Herbarium
Feb 152020

Speaker: Dr Graham Stirling – Fungi and Nematodes: Where Science Fiction can seek inspiration

PLEASE NOTE the NEW TIME: 4.00-6.00 pm
Location: FM Bailey room, Queensland Herbarium, Mt Coot-tha.

Dr. Graham Stirling completed his B.Sc. (Honours) and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Adelaide, where he was introduced to the fascinating world of nematodes. Graham began his professional career as a Nematologist with the South Australian Department of Agriculture working on a nematode pest of grapevine before heading to the University of California, Riverside to undertake doctoral studies and begin a lifelong interest in the biological control of nematodes. After returning to Australia Graham worked for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries before he and his wife Marcelle set up their own company, Biological Crop Protection Pty. Ltd., to focus on research, diagnostic services and helping growers improve their disease management. Graham has had a long and distinguished career improving agricultural productivity through introducing sustainable management practices for soil-borne diseases, including developing economic thresholds for root-knot nematode, establishing monitoring procedures for key pathogens and providing predictive services for consultants and growers. Graham has published “Biological Control of Plant Parasitic Nematodes” and developed several commercially-acceptable formulations of nematode-trapping and egg parasitic fungi and demonstrated their potential in the field.

Most people would not be aware that nematodes are the most numerically abundant animal on Earth. Most animal species host at least one parasitic nematode species; plant-parasitic nematodes reduce crop yields by 14% worldwide; humans are affected by hookworms and several other parasitic nematodes; roundworms are major parasites of cats and dogs; and free-living nematodes sustain life on the planet by mineralising the nutrients required by plants. Come to this talk and you will learn a little about this fascinating group of animals. More importantly, you will hear about their fungal predators: the fungi that use a variety of trapping devices to capture nematodes; the fungi that parasitise nematode females and eggs; and the fungi that produce zoospores that actively pursue, catch and kill their victims. Graham will also bring a few microscopes so you will be able to look at some of these fungi and see how they capture their prey. He will also bring some books that will give you an idea of the diverse range of nematophagous fungi that occur in soil.

We look forward to seeing all those who can attend. All are welcome! We also hope to enjoy some afternoon tea, so feel free to bring a plate or a gold coin for our piggy bank.

Queensland Herbarium
Jan 112020

Linda Garrett is located in Mapleton National Park, a short drive to the west of the town of Mapleton on the Blackall Ranges, Sunshine Coast. The QMS undertake regular visits to the reserve which has a wide range of mature living trees and fine collections of logs and old tree stumps that support some rare and unusual wood inhabiting fungi. For more information about this wonderful foray site, go to our page on Linda Garrett.

To register for this event or for more information, please email: info[at]qldfungi.org.au

Please note: Registrations for this foray are now full.

Those on the list have been responded to and will receive further instructions prior to the event.

Linda Garrett Reserve

Linda Garrett

Dec 132019

Speaker: Tony Young – The Michael Howie Slides

Due to unforseen technical difficulties, Tony was unable to give this presentation at the December 2019 meeting. He will be back in February, even more eager to talk about and show us the works of this remarkable artist.

PLEASE NOTE the NEW TIME: 4.00-6.00 pm
Location: FM Bailey room, Queensland Herbarium, Mt Coot-tha.

Queensland Herbarium
Dec 132019

Applications have closed. All workshop positions have been filled.

Participants: All who wish to do collecting under the QMS Permit in 2020.
This includes current ‘Assistant Researchers’ (not compulsory, but useful revision), and any new members who want to join the team.

Date: 27th January, 2020
Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Venue: Albion Peace and Community Centre, 102 McDonald Road Windsor, Brisbane, QLD 4030.

The Centre is close to a railway station and also has plenty of parking on site.

Programme Outline:
9.30 – 9.45am Welcome, Housekeeping & Why collect (Fran)
9.45 – 10am What makes a good collection (including number of fruit bodies, photos, condition, variation etc.)
10 – 10.15am Equipment Check list
10.15 – 10.30am Morning tea (provided)
10.30 – 11.00am How to collect individual morphogroups.
11 – 11.15am What to note when collecting e.g.unique number, substrate, habitat, associated vegetation, type of rot, weather (Post-fire etc), odour.
11.15 – 12.30pm Describing the collection
12.30 – 12.45pm Lunch (bring your own)
12.45 – 1.00pm Making a spore print
1.00 – 1.20pm Drying and storing collections
1.20 – 2.50pm Different morphogroups – special interest / Adopt a species or group.
2.50 – 3.00pm Wrap up and clean up.

For information about this event please email: memsec[at]qldfungi.org.au

Nov 062019

Mark out the date! We are doing a residential foray next year, 2020 from the 13th to 15th of March.

Location: Bornhoffen PCYC Camp in the Numinbah Valley

The cost is just $85.00 for the weekend for members. (BYO linen and food.)

More details will be provided in due course, but we plan the following activities:

  • Forays
  • Workshops
  • A Feast
  • A Movie Night

Educational and a whole lot of fun. Please let us know if you would like to attend.

Thanks and kind regards.
Wayne Boatwright | President
Queensland Mycological Society Inc.

Email: info@qldfungi.org.au