Observation 67360: Agrocybe molesta (Lasch) Singer
When: 2011-05-14
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Thanks, Darv!
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-29 13:44:11 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for the tips!

I do have both a journal and a computer file logging everything.

Great stuff!
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-05-29 13:00:18 PDT (-0700)

Thanks you guys!

Voucher hints
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2011-05-29 12:45:45 PDT (-0700)

Home collections usually get beetles that will eat the fungus and turn it to DUST. Storing the collections above a hot water heater keeps the bugs away. Placing them in a freezer for a week, once a year also keeps the insects at bay. Shoe boxes work well for storing the baggies because you can write on the end of them and they fit in a freezer. Alexander Smith recommended a garbage can with moth balls.

It’s best to keep a log of your collections in a journal. I use one line per species and write down six items: collection number, ID, location, date, MushroomObserver number, and who the collection was given to or saved for.

I used to use pill containers….
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-29 12:15:21 PDT (-0700)

Now I just use ziplock bags. I make sure the specimens are completely dry, and I suck the last bit of air out of the bag with a straw. It isn’t the best storage method, but it works for now!

I bought an organizer with little drawers and I put labels on the outside that can be easily removed when I turn a specimen into the University.

Here is my process, so far and semi-refined (any suggestions are welcome):

1) I create a tag (post-it) with the voucher number and take a photo of the specimen with the tag.

2) I take other photos of the specimens identifying characteristics.

3) I put the specimen in the dehydrator, and stick the post it on the machine.

4) I take hand-written descriptions/notes/drawings of fresh specimens and microscopy (I’m still learning that part!)

5) I make a collection slip with all proper data, stick the post it on the back of it, and put it along with the dried specimen in a ziplock bag, and suck the air out.

6) Store temporarily until turned into voucher project.

7) Post on mushroomobserver.org and fungabase.org!!

tim
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-05-29 11:46:40 PDT (-0700)

about vouchering and storing collections….what do you use to store your collections? I’ve thought about starting that myself for the tree plantation across the street. I can’t come up with a way to store them.

Kuo
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-29 11:23:08 PDT (-0700)

Kuo describes it as:

“Like other members of the Agrocybe praecox cluster, Agrocybe molesta features a partial veil that usually leaves a ring on the upper stem. Unlike the other members of the cluster, however, it is a devoted decomposer of grass litter, and features spores 10-14 µ long; other praecox-ish species decompose other substrates, and have shorter spores” I need a better scope (or just a 100x lens and a micrometer) so I can do measurements!!!
I’m finally beginning to voucher
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-14 12:55:50 PDT (-0700)

for the PSMS project with the University of Washington. I also am finally learning microscopy! I am very excited to be progressing.

Thanks for the motivation Christian, Rory, Debbie, Erin, Noah, Alan, Jason, Darvin, Dimitar, Irene, Walt, Douglas, Rod, Oluna and Adolf, Myxomop, Caphillkid, Peter, Tom, Paul, Kim, Danny, Hildegard, Adrian, Shane, Patrick, Bob, John, Marian, Daniel, Russ, Paul, Nathan, Michael, Ron, Dan, Herb, Tom, Drew, Sava, Matt, Britney, etc….

I apologize if I left anyone out!

ffr
By: jimmiev
2011-05-14 12:55:14 PDT (-0700)

you can put the collection number to the side that way you can crop it out if you want to

Way to go
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-05-14 12:44:14 PDT (-0700)

collection numbers = serious collector!

Growing in grass
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-14 12:34:28 PDT (-0700)

^

Agrocybe molesta
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-05-14 12:33:49 PDT (-0700)

has a cottony, soon disappearing ring. This is not it..

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