Monthly Archives: January 2009

FUNGI Magazine in 2009

The Winter issue of fungimag is now out and on its way. New for 2009, subscribers will notice that the issues are 33% bigger! More pages means more enjoyment and even allows for some of the lengthier stories that have been awaiting publication.

So, what else can you expect in 2009? Well, here’s what we’re working on:

First off, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his landmark On the Origin of Species. Throughout the year we’ll celebrate his life and work with stories tieing him to the fungal world as well as general aritcles on fungal taxonomy and genetics, aimed mostly at the nonscientist.

The Spring issue will feature Snowbank Mushrooms by Dr. Cathy Cripps of Montana State U, part II of Larry Evans’ story on fire morels and sustainability, and Elio Schaechter’s (author of In the Company of Mushrooms) article on Mushrooms of the Renaissance. We’ll also bring you the latest installment of David Rose’s Notes from Underground, featuring mushrooms of science fiction and Dr. Michael Beug’s review of mushroom poisonings, worldwide.

The Summer issue will feature a compendium of the Stinkhorns of Hawai’i by Drs. Don Hemmes and Dennis Desjardin. I’m very excited about this big paper and we’ll see beautiful pictures of some pretty bizarre mushrooms in one of nature’s “laboratories.” The Hawaiian islands have been much studied as a lab to see how evolution works; the tiny landmass is extremely remote, but does get founder individuals from species located on the nearest landmasses…being at the nexus of N America, S America and Asia has led to all sorts of endemism on Hawaii, and mushroom species are included.

Sandwiched in between the Spring and Summer issues will be the annual special issue for 2009 on the topic of Ethnomycology and I’m not even going to give you any hints as to what’s in store. BUT you absolutely won’t want to miss out, as this issue will blow you away.

I look forward to hearing your feedback on the Winter issue. Stay warm and enjoy! Best wishes, Britt