Collection location: Charapa, Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos, Ecuador [Click for map]
Who: m szro (Szro)
Not sure if this is a mushroom, any thoughts?
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but we were out in the field as complete amatuers without anyone who had been involved or in charge of the project from previous years. The more of these I post the more I recognize that they are really no good for taxonomy. I think the point of this survey was to get a feel for field work and attempt to gather something of interest that would enable us to come back with funding for a more thorough documentation later. To show that life is rebounding. There was a scope down there and it was only used in the classroom setting, not for research that might further the project. For any specimens that looked promising, we made tissue cultures. Dont know how many or if any of them made it either. If anything, the videos and pictures have brought awareness to the scale and seriousness of the contamination. I appreciate your help in viewing these photos, so much!
it’s no fault of yours, Megan, but most of these observations will be lucky to get past family. This is what most of my first season’s images looked like as well; now relegated to the bottom of the MO pile as Agaricales this or Agaricomycetes that. I had hoped that the project itself would mature in it’s documentation of fungi, but the absence of resident experts and constant influx of new people (many if not all of whom have no botany experience) seems to translate into the learning curve beginning anew each year.
To the extent that mycological diversity studies even continue in AMP data collection, there will need to be a 1000% improvement before anything meaningful can be derived from these specimens. The fact that in some five years the comprehensiveness of mushroom collections has either stayed the same or deteriorated says to me that it’s really just a recreational tangent to other project activities. Fluctuating rapport and intermittent contact with UCQ herbarium staff only makes matters worse.
I did hear there was a scope down there this time but none of the information seems to have made its way here (if it was even used) either in the form of notes or microphotos. Sad.
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