NAMA Launches
New Website

Xerula furfuracea McClelland

The North American Mycological Association just launched a newly designed website. To learn about NAMA and the benefits of membership, follow this link...

Mushroom of the Month
California Morels

Morchella eximia

Debbie Viess has written a guide to the new names for California morel species. To see the new web page on morels, follow this link...


Mycologists At Work

Tom Bruns,

Tom Bruns, Rytas Vilgalys, John Taylor, Kabir Peay, and Jennifer Talbot in Alberta Canada, 2014

Ever wonder what our local mycologists are up to? In 2014, the researchers shown above, plus a few more of their colleagues, published a paper on "Endemism and functional convergence across the North American soil mycobiome," which describes their work to identify ecological processes that stucture forest communities. Eight of the authors on that study have spoken at some point to BAMS! Jennifer Talbot, who was the lead author, spoke to BAMS in April 2012.

Further Reflections on Amanita muscaria as an Edible Species

Amanita muscaria

Here is a thoughtful response to the current push to eat Amanita muscaria, along with a history of its treatment in field guides, its toxins, and warnings about edibility.

Click here to view the full pdf article on Mushroom, The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, written by Debbie Viess. Look for Further Reflections on Amanita muscaria as an Edible Species.


A Partnership for Science

The North American Mycoflora Project organizational meeting was held in New Haven, Connecticut, July 14-15, 2012. See 16 video presentations from the meeting. See the great group photo. Read more...

The Bay Area Mycological Society (BAMS), established in 2006, is dedicated to the art and science of mushrooms. We hold our meetings at UC Berkeley. We hold local and long distance forays, participate in the Yosemite National Park Fungal Survey, and organize the Point Reyes Fungus Fairs and All California Club Forays.

We are affiliated with the North American Mycological Association. We host a lively online discussion group. Our members range from beginners to professionals in the field. We believe that everyone wants to learn, and has ideas to share. Join us.