Mushrooms in the Chicago Region

Monday, June 4, 2012 @ 7:30pm

Event Info

Admission

FREE

Venue

North Park Village Nature Center

5801 North Pulaski Road

Chicago, 

IL 

60646

Presenter

Culinary Historians of Chicago
847-432-8255

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

A Chicago-area woodland may support as many as 300 species of macro-fungi (or mushrooms, brackets, and other readily visible fungi). They may be decomposers and recyclers of wood, leaf litter, and other organic matter, mycorrhizal symbionts with tree roots, or parasites. Edible mushrooms are found in each of these categories.

At this event, Patrick Leacock, a mycologist at the Field Museum of Natural History, discusses the types of macro-fungi found in the Chicago area. For over 14 years he has cataloged these fungi and has studied them in relation to woodland restoration after prescribed burns, the impacts of nitrogen pollution, and habitat diversity. He is creating a checklist of over a thousand fungi found in the region, which can accessed here: http://www.mycoguide.com/.