A blog that makes fungi fun?

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Believe it. Thanks to a tip from Ellis Hollow, I’ve just discovered the Cornell Mushroom Blog. Although a group effort, it appears to be masterminded by Kathie Hodge, assistant professor of mycology. To give you a sample of their subtle humor, here’s an excerpt from their about page:

Fungi get a lot of bad press. OK, so we’re responsible for the whole athlete’s foot phenomenon, but fungi do a lot of good, too. Like the friendly yeasts, who make beer, bread, and wine. And how about those tasty chanterelles? Even in the fullness of their horrific evilness, fungi are cool. That’s what we’re all about here.

This blog is for you, friends. It’s aimed at ordinary people with a tendency towards mycophilia. Sometimes we talk about delicious things, sometimes awful things. At times we may get a bit academic–after all, this blog emanates from the Ivory Tower.

In a mildly self-mocking way, these bloggers manage to convey their enthusiasm for fungi. Whether it’s about surviving a mushroom poisoning or learning there’s three fungal species named for Ithaca, NY, this blog makes the world of fungi strangely fascinating. Of course, there’s plenty in the world of fungi that’s at least tangentially related to gardening, so I guess that ‘s not too hard.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

Comments on this entry are closed.

Kathie October 28, 2007, 10:30 pm

Thanks for the kind remarks, Kathy. My students have been working hard on a bunch of fungusy new posts, so stay tuned. And keep up the good work!

Elizabeth October 27, 2007, 1:56 pm

Thanks for the information. My walking group is thinking about going on a “Mushroom Hunt”.

Mary October 27, 2007, 1:52 pm

I so appreciate this information. I love mushrooms, but I am still concerned about which are the edible kind.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter October 25, 2007, 11:53 am

Thanks for the info, I’ll have to check it out. I’ve been envying the toadstools pictured on Yolanda Elizabet’s Bliss blog.

Mel Rimmer October 25, 2007, 8:46 am

Than a lfor that. I have just started getting interested in hunting for edible wild mushrooms in my area, so this is right up my street.