Observation 275890: Sacrosphaera coronaria


Ascocarp in its natural habitat.
Collected ascocarps for herbarium.
Working in the field – individual ascocarps are sampled in paper bags (for chemical analysis).
Dirty sample before cleaning.
Cleaned ascocarp (tap water and wet napkin) prepared for chemical analysis.
Cleaned samples in plastic bags to be stored in a freezer and lyophilized. Alternatively, drying procedure can be processed in a dryer.

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-05-07 09:39:38 PDT (-0700)

I will write again once I have samples to send.

By: Jan Borovicka (bore)
2017-05-07 08:50:28 PDT (-0700)

I would love to have some – I have started writing to people who posted their observations on this species. If there are many, 2 dried samples for herbarium and 2-5 dried samples for chemical testing would be great!

With regard to shipment, I can give you my DHL/FeDex account number so no payment will be necessary. Would this be ok for you? I am not sure if we have UPS account but we possibly have.

Thank you, good luck :-)

PS: I have been twice in the Yosemites, I love Tuolumne Meadows. I was there last year. Anyway, I worry I will have no more opportunity to see the wonderful places again…

Hello Jan
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-05-07 08:32:45 PDT (-0700)

I wish that I had known about your need for NA material yesterday! I did not save any examples. but we will be back up in the Sierra several more times this month, and I will collect for you then.

As I mentioned, it is commonly seen here. Does it matter if it is opened or not?

Will your study pay for overseas shipping?

Best to you, and good luck with your project!

By: Jan Borovicka (bore)
2017-05-07 08:22:18 PDT (-0700)

Dear Debbie,

nice to hear from you! The aim of our study is to i) investigate phylogenetic relationship of American and European Sarcosphaera species (one or more biological species?) – based on DNA sequencing; ii) investigate chemistry of fruit bodies: Sarcosphaera is known to hyperaccumulate arsenic.

For the purpose we need dried material of American Sarcosphaera (mature ascocarp, when possible) with collection data (location, date, name of collector, symbiotic trees on site.

And what is really important, we also need a dried part of ascocarp (one half or more material, if possible – we would appreciate to get more individual ascocarps) perfectly cleaned from substrate debris (use knife, wet towel and tap water to clean the debris/adhered soil from the surface).

I am sorry for being such demanding. If I can reciprocate in any way, let me know. Do not hesitate to contact me, any questions will be answered (borovicka@gli.cas.cz).

In my country, Sarcosphaera is considered rare but in calcareous areas it can be found growing under Pinus or Fagus. The season has come just now – I have to travel a lot and find more sites. I am in touch with mushroom fans who tell me if it appears at their locations. This was my first collection for 2017.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-05-07 08:06:27 PDT (-0700)

How lovely that you and I could both collect this species on the same day but in different parts of the world!

I found mine in the CA Sierra, where it is common in the spring. Is it also common in the Czech Republic?

What chemicals are you looking for?

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