When: 2015-07-16

Collection location: Grand Lake Stream Region, Maine, USA [Click for map]

Who: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)

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Recognized by sight: in sand under eastern white pine, hairy zoned cap, irregular beige then brown pores, central stem, brown flesh, engulfing growth, washed out by rain

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Thanks Alan for the great information
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2015-07-18 16:22:40 CDT (-0400)
A good microscope for beginners
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2015-07-18 16:04:51 CDT (-0400)

Generally compound scopes (that use slides) are used for mycology. Dissecting scopes are like powerful magnifying glasses, and cultivators use them sometimes, but they don’t have enough magnification to do much taxonomic work. Ideally you would get both types of scopes – a dissecting scope for preparing slides and looking at petri dishes, and a compound scope for looking at spores and other microscopic features.

An inexpensive compound scope that works well is: http://www.ebay.com/...

There are several similar models manufactured by Amscope, Omax and others. The important things are that it has the 100x oil immersion objective and has two eyepieces.

You’ll also want a stage micrometer to calibrate your measurements. It is likely you can use an existing camera to take microphotos, just by shooting down the eyepiece. If you have a DSLR, get the DSLR adapter from microscopenet.com for about $70, or order a T-mount and 23mm adapter for about $15.

The best tutorial on how to use a microscope for mushrooms is here: http://www.hyphalfusion.com/... (this link was recently moved from a different hosting site)

There is a fungal microscopy forum here: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/postlist.php/Board/170

And also a Fungal Microscopy Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FungalMicroscopy

Thanks for the input Alan
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2015-07-18 15:43:35 CDT (-0400)

that’s next on my agenda—buying a microscope and learning how to use it! Any suggestions on a good microscope for beginners?


To verify the ID
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2015-07-18 15:36:47 CDT (-0400)

Check the pileipellis for branching hyphae.