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Thursday, August 17
 

9:30am PDT

Transcendental Mushrooms - The What, When, Where, How, and Why of Mushrooms that send us into realms of ecstasy
Speakers
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff is the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He teaches courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. He has led mushroom study trips and forays around... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am PDT

Dedicated to Decay: How Fungi Unravel the Fabric of Life

Common saprophytic fungi include brown rots such as Laetiporus and Phaeolus, white rots such as Pleurotus and Trametes, and litter decomposers such as Agaricus and Agrocybe. These fungi have one important fact in common. They decompose dead plants, the bulk of which is plant cell wall material. Cellulose and lignin make up plant cell walls, and are the two most abundant organic compounds on earth. Cellulose is a relatively simple polysaccharide, and even though very few animals have the enzymes to digest it, saprophytic fungi do, and have been using cellulose as an abundant food source for hundreds of millions of years. Lignin presents an entirely different set of problems for decomposers. It is a complex polyphenolic compound, having evolved in part precisely to protect plant cells from the ravages of fungal and insect attack. The complex mechanisms and enzymes employed by lignin-digesting fungi are finally beginning to be elucidated, and they are revealing some intriguing connections. Could fungal bioluminescence be tied to the process of lignin decomposition by white rot fungi? Could the synthesis of polyphenolic compounds of plants, animals and fungi be related to their protective, toxic, and/or medicinal potentials? 



Speakers
avatar for Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

Bob Cummings is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Santa Barbara City College.  He retired in 2012 having taught courses in Plant Biology at SBCC since 1973.  Since retiring from the classroom he continues to develop and offer an online course in Plant Diversity. Bob came to Santa... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm PDT

The Role of Fungi in Human Health and Disease
An overview of the role that fungi play in keeping us healthy and killing us. This talk will discuss the latest understanding of the fungal microbiome and its possible role in modulating the immune system, the uses of phalloidin from Amanita phalloides in cancer research, and fungal diseases ranging from ergotism to athlete's foot to deadly fungal brain abscesses. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman is an internist and pediatrician who has practiced medicine in Arctic Alaska, Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Nepal Himalaya. He is a mushroom forager with interests in travel and prehistoric crafts and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Discover magazine... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm PDT

The Rise and Fall of the Mighty Desert Truffle
I will present the plight of these specialized fungi, which grow with limited plant hosts in arid and semi-arid lands, under specific climate conditions. I will discuss the threats they face and how they attempt to adapt. The plight of the desert truffle calls attention also to the precarious position of endemic fungi attempting to thrive in specific habitats everywhere.

Speakers
avatar for Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit

Elinoar Shavit specializes in mycological research regarding desert truffles, medicinal mushrooms, edible wild mushrooms, and ethno-mycology. She has published numerous articles on these topics, recently contributing chapters to Desert Truffles: Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 18
 

9:00am PDT

Extraradical Mycophile Resource Share & Engaging with Mycophobes

Extraradical mycelium occurs once a mycorrhizal web is established. The mycelium reaches out, into the unknown, in search for nutrients or other partners with hopes of spreading the myceliul web through not yet explored parts of the world. This open discussion will highlight some of the movers and shakers of the mycorevolution who are creating, interconnecting, and inspiring a better world. We will share our current projects and opportunities with the focus of empowering each other to take next steps with our passions through providing information and resources. We will also discus our experiences with introducing, influencing, and infecting a mycophobic community with fungi. 


Speakers
avatar for John Michelotti

John Michelotti

Mushroom Guy, Catskill Fungi
John Michelotti is the owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people through Fungi via outdoor guided mushroom classes, cultivation courses, educational talks, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he makes from mushrooms he grows on his family farm in the Catskill Mountains... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am PDT

The Mycota of the International Peace Park

 

Speakers
avatar for Larry Evans

Larry Evans

Larry Evans is this guy from Missoula Montana who comes to Telluride and knows quite a bit about mushrooms. He has spent over 40 years looking for morels, and he usually finds them. He is a vastly underappreciated songwriter who was featured in a comedy documentary by famous Canadian... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 19
 

9:00am PDT

Down the Rabbit Hole: Mycotopia 2017
Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am PDT

Cordyceps in Orient and Occident – Natural History of a Perplexing Parasite and Purported Panacea Summary
In East Asia the healing power of Cordyceps is in highest esteem, making Yartsa gunbu (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) the world’s most precious fungus at over $30,000 per pound, and accounting for 40% of rural income in Tibet. Every year in spring, Tibetans move to the grasslands to collect this tiny, elusive fungus that grows on the larva of ghost moths. Consequently, sustainability is of great concern, but new research helps explaining its apparent resilience of this inter-kingdom jumper. Meanwhile much of Western main stream medicine is not even aware of Cordyceps. Likewise, there are hundreds of different Cordyceps species in the Americas and only in recent years they are receiving deserved attention. The neo-tropics are amazingly rich in bizarre Cordyceps species and Daniel, based on a dozen Mushroaming trips to South America, will introduce the most common and also some rare species, including some Cordyceps, not known to science yet,

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Winkler

Daniel Winkler

Mushroaming.com
Daniel Winkler grew up collecting mushrooms in the Alps and studied geo-ecology in Munich and Berlin. Working on environmental issues in Tibet, Daniel soon focused on mushrooms, especially Caterpillar fungus, as an important aspect of Tibetan culture and a crucial source of rural... Read More →



Saturday August 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm PDT

Conservation of Fungi-Dependent Livelihoods in Indigenous Mapuche Communities in Southern Chile
Speakers
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Executive Director / Founder of Fundacion Fungi, Giuliana Maria Furci George-Nascimento has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable drive to study Chile's fungi has led her to travel the country looking for fungal fruit bodies in different environments and ecosystems... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm PDT

Fungi for Health: Medicinal Mushrooms for a Healthy Body & Planet
Speakers
avatar for John Michelotti

John Michelotti

Mushroom Guy, Catskill Fungi
John Michelotti is the owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people through Fungi via outdoor guided mushroom classes, cultivation courses, educational talks, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he makes from mushrooms he grows on his family farm in the Catskill Mountains... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm PDT

Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience
As our planet rapidly changes, we must find solutions to retain and build resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore our alliance with fungi which provides farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and provide food and medicine for our communities and the planet.   We will discuss advanced techniques for mushroom growing and how to use mycelium as solutions to grow a regenerative agriculture. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Sunday, August 20
 

9:00am PDT

Of the Hyphosphere: Fungal Evolution as the History of the Earth
Fungi have been argued to be among the first multi-cellular organisms to have evolved on Earth—an ancient kin from which plants and animals descended long ago. Today, fungi are found in nearly all habitats, forming complex symbioses with plants and animals, and helping balance the overall health of dynamic ecological webs. In this presentation, Peter will walk through the fascinating landmarks in fungal evolution that have led to these current collaborations and detail how integral fungi have become to all aspects of life. From the heart of Antarctica, to the bottom of the ocean, to the soils of the Colorado plateau, Peter will help expose these hidden connections in the fungal history of Earth. The result just may change the way you think about fungi and the world at large.

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources... Read More →



Sunday August 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435