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 weâ€™re responsible for the whole athleteâ€™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. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re all about here.
This blog is for you, friends. Itâ€™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 academicâ€“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.