Please join us on September 21, Thursday evening, 6:30-8 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall, Brooks room for a fascinating talk on how and why fungi glow in the dark! We will share mushroom stories and samples from the table if your bring specimens to show and tell. We have UV flashlights to demonstrate what happens when ordinary fungi light up at night while others stay dark. Sidnee Obersingleton of Eugene will explain this phenomenon and encourage us to explore the woods on night walks. There is always something new to learn about mushrooms!!
"Sidnee grew up in the PNW, and although he always had an interest in fungi, it didnít develop into a mycological focus until starting school at Lane Community College where he participated in an undergraduate research program on mycoremediation. It sucked him in. He dove headfirst into mycology, continuing research and education at LCC, and eventually getting a position studying fungus-growing ants at the UofO. He spent 7 years doing ongoing research and teaching, in both a professional and amateur fashion on a wide range of subjects within the field. He has a special interest in fungal genetics and mating, Morel ecology, fluorescence microscopy, and applied biotechnology to the ends of cultivation, mycoremediation, cellulosics, and use for their diverse metabolites, which includes dyeing! He really loves discovering novel uses for fungi to introduce to the field of mycology."