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Jan Thornhill
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I'm a fungi fanatic and writer.
I'm a fungi fanatic and writer.

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Choosing Between Sex and Celibacy: Anamorphic Fungi (I)
Unlike for you or me, it's not unusual for fungi to reproduce both sexually and asexually. They do this by producing two or more different kinds of spores. It’s a way to hedge their bets: if conditions aren’t optimum for sexually produced spores to germinat...

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I got to hold an extinct Great Auk skull and beak!

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The Piggyback Pinkgill: Volvariella surrecta
Last week's Mycological Society of Toronto foray was a wet one. It rained for hours. Despite the amount of water that was falling from the sky, there were slim pickings since it's been unseasonably and unreasonably dry for months.  Because of this dearth of...

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Nature's Spray Paint: Inonotus glomeratus
I've never been able to pick favourites—be it a colour, a food, a flower, or a fungus. But I do have long lists of top contenders. I have a particular soft spot for fungi that do something, that, in particular, show me process, whether it be life cycle or i...

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Unveiling the Veiled Polypore: Cryptoporus volvatus
I spent an hour this morning carefully destroying fifteen  veiled polypores —totally ripped them apart. Odd thing to do? Nope, not in my neck of the woods. Cryptoporus volvatus produces acorn- to walnut-sized cream-coloured bubbles on the bark of recently d...

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Get out there and connect with life in your urban environment!

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When Is Fuligo septica Purple? Not Very Often!
I was out with Ruby last summer when I spotted
an unusual patch of colour in the distance, a pale, pretty, pinkish violet
perched atop a moss-covered oak log.  As Ruby and I got closer, it became obvious that it was not a wayward bit of plastic or a spent b...
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