Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful. Charles Darwin invoked those very words in the pages of his seminal opus, On the Origin of Species, published 150 years ago this year. Darwin was struck by the diversity of life and how disparate niches had so often been filled by modified forms of related species. Islands of course come to mind. Or take the icy, snowy habitats near glacial ice and melting seeps. At first glance, you wouldn’t dream of finding mushrooms growing there, let alone flourishing. Nevertheless, natural selection has driven groups of mushrooms to adapt to this habitat numerous times over the previous millennia. We’re highlighting these amazing fungi in this issue with a report by Cathy Cripps and photos by Steve Trudell. Furthermore, in this issue and all issues for 2009 we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and his tremendous contributions to the field of biology. Besides pictures and articles directly related to Darwin, the 2009 issues of Fungi will feature articles on basic fungal taxonomy and genetics that will appeal to amateur and expert alike.