OMS 2024 Annual “Survivor’s” Banquet

January 27th, 2024 at The Village Ballroom 704 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 https://www.villageballroom.com/ Set up opens at 5:00 pm with General Admission at 6:00. Event ends at 8:30 with clean up from 8:30 until 9:00pm Must RSVP and either Bring a Dish…

Lost Mushroomer Season

(Photo from 2022 Clackamas County Search and Rescue mission.) A brand-new Facebook post serves as a reminder of the hazards of getting lost while mushrooming. For the sixth time this fall, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was called to search…

2023 Fall Show Tickets

Tickets to the 2023 OMS Fall Show are available to the public. Please click “2023 Fall Show Tickets” above, then follow this link to our Event Page.

Mushroom Church?

In France, local governments and religious organizations are looking for ways to save disused churches. A recent Christian Science Monitor article discusses how many of these historic sites are being preserved by converting them to other uses like are concert venues, hotels, and nightclubs….

Update: Montana Morel Deaths

I earlier reported[1] a mass mushroom poisoning which sickened 51 people and resulted in 3 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. The Montana Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), working with FDA, has now issued its final case report.[2] The culprit: consumption of uncooked or…

OMS Scholarship Winners publish new papers

Recent issues of Mycologia1 feature brand-new publications by past OMS Scholarship winners. Korena Mifune is the lead author of a paper2 published online in Mycologia on June 1. The paper details findings about mychorrizal fungi in “canopy soils” — thick mats of organic matter…

Montana Morchella Morbidity

After eating in the same restaurant, 50 people were sickened, several were hospitalized, and 2 died. Morchella (morels) are the likely cause. (“[P]reliminary analysis strongly suggests that … morel mushrooms were the food item that caused the outbreak.”1 “Available epidemiological evidence indicates that imported…

Mushroom Mixes: Do you know what you’re buying?

An FDA Alert reminds us about buying mushrooms based on someone else’s label, especially mushroom mixes. Import Alert 25-021 lets the government seize and detain certain imported mushroom products containing “morels”. The alert explains: In the past, shipments of canned and dried morel mushrooms have…

Fantastic Fungi? Baudoinia compniacensis (whiskey fungus)

Baudoinia compniacensis (whiskey fungus) is a little-known, recently newsworthy fungus. It’s a crust-like organism that likes humid, warm micro-environments. It grows on a wide variety of substrates, including building walls, road signs, patio furniture, bark, and leaves. It has been found in North America,…

Big Fleas Have Little Fleas

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum. Many of you know about “Zombie Ants” — ants whose bodies and brains are taken over by a Cordyceps fungus. See, for example:…