Feb 062019

The next exciting chapter in the study of Australian Tropical Fungi is about to unfold!

QMS is organising another trip to Far North Queensland, with workshops and Forays during the Wet Season (i.e. Fungi Season!) in March 2019.

Sample coverAs well, following on from our very successful project in 2018, we have gathered enough material to produce a Pocket Field Guide specifically for the Tropical Monsoon region of Australia – “Australian Tropical Mushrooms & Other Fungi”. This resource is long overdue in a biodiversity hotspot across the tropics. The pocket guide will illustrate 118 species with an introduction to the Fungal Kingdom and its different morphogroups, plus information on substrate, trophic role, size, spore print colour, and toxicity for each species. The species chosen are ones that occur commonly in Tropical Australia, and also some that are new finds or new distributions in Australia. Drs Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Matthew Barrett and Frances Guard have combined their knowledge and skills to produce these informative handy brochures. (These Pocket Guides will retail at $10 each, with wholesale price for 10 or more at $5 each.)

The Official Launch of the guides will take place in Innisfail (at Terrain, NRM, 2 Stitt St., Innisfail) on Friday 15th March at 6.30pm, hosted by the Johnstone Ecological Society. Guest speaker, who will launch the Guides, is Adjunct Professor Peter Valentine from JCU, School of Engineering and Science. This will be a celebration! Please come along and let us know for catering purposes if you will be there.

Other guests will include Dr Roy Halling, Boletes expert and Curator of Mycology at New York Botanic Gardens, Dr Barbara Thiers, Expert in liverworts and Director of New York Botanic Gardens Herbarium, and Dr Teresa Lebel, mycologist, expert in Australian truffles from National Herbarium, Melbourne.

As well, the Johnstone Ecological Society will host an Introductory Fungi Workshop on Friday 15th March at 1.30pm, and a Fungi Walk with the Experts on Saturday 16th at 9am. Participants are welcome, but must book in.

Further Workshops will be held at TREAT, Lake Eacham on Friday 22nd March at 11.30am, Kuranda Envirocare Sunday 24th March at 9.30am, and Cairns Botanic Gardens Monday 25th March at 9.00am. Again, participants are welcome, but must book in.

For all enquiries, please contact Fran Guard on

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