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Northern Utah Funga (NUF) is Utah’s first community science project sponsored by the Mushroom Society of Utah. NUF is a member of the Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS; fka North American Mycoflora Project), a community science project that focuses on bringing fungi to the “conservation table”.

 

NUF intends to contribute high quality macrofungi observations to FunDiS’ diversity database using iNaturalist. NUF intends to describe the macrofungi of northern Utah, including rare, potentially-threatened, and under-documented species. NUF plans to maintain a collection of northern Utah fungi for use in DNA sequencing, vouch specimens in curated fungaria, and lead mycology community science in northern Utah.

What is Funga? The word Funga parallels existing terminology of Flora and Fauna, and is the word to refer to the diversity of fungi in a place.

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NEWS:  We have received a FunDiS grant to submit 30 macrofungi specimens for DNA sequence by November 2021.

Introduction to NUF:

How to join the NUF community science project:

  1. Become an MSU member.

  2. Join NUF mailing list by emailing gabriela@utahmushrooms.org

  3. Download the iNaturalist App on your smartphone and create a login.

  4. Search for project “Northern Utah Funga NUF”.

  5. Click “Join” to join the project.

  6. Attend our surveys. You will receive email updates about field  information (where, when, etc.). We will have 2-4 field visits per month during the mushroom season.

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How to photograph a mushroom by Sigrid Jakob (FunDiS):

NUF encourages and teaches community scientists how to vouch specimens (level 2 participation). Without a saved specimen, there is limited efficacy.

Observations without collections are still helpful to a certain degree.

LEVEL 2 PARTICIPATION

How to make a high quality observation

by vouching specimens for NUF:

LEVEL 1 PARTICIPATION

How to make a high quality observation

(without collecting specimens)
for NUF on iNaturalist:

  1. Gather data and take photo in situ (don't yank it out, yet!).

  2. Collect specimen(s) and take more photos of details (cap underside, stipe, top of cap, etc.) and write down more data (do the gills reach the stipe, odor, altitude, habitat, host plant, nearby foliage, texture, substrate, bruising, bugs, etc.). Document anything that you see!

  3. Take a photo for iNaturalist of the mushroom using a smartphone (captures GPS coordinates). 

  4. Submit at least one image observation to iNat immediately in the field. Add the observation to the NUF project and fill out your data in the provided observation fields. (iNat will automatically upload the observation once service is reached. You can also do this step at home, but I find it easier to submit in the field.)

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  1. Gather data and take photo in situ (don't yank it out, yet!).

  2. Collect specimen(s) and take more photos of details (cap underside, stipe, top of cap, etc.) and write down more data (do the gills reach the stipe, odor, altitude, habitat, host plant, nearby foliage, texture, substrate, bruising, bugs, etc.). Document anything that you see!

  3. Take a photo for iNaturalist of the mushroom and the field slip sheet using a smartphone (tracks ID number to specimen and captures GPS coordinates). 

  4. Submit at least one image observation to iNat immediately in the field. Add the observation to the NUF project and fill out your data in the provided observation fields. (iNat will automatically upload the observation once service is reached. You can also do this step at home, but I find it easier to submit in the field.)

  5. Organize specimens in a paper bag or container and bring specimens home to take more technical photography and gather more data if necessary (chemical stains, microscopy, etc.)

  6. Take a spore print.

  7. Dry, label, and send to in NUF fungarium. Dry your mushrooms (1 night - 3 days) until they are hard enough to snap, but do not cook your mushrooms! If you heat your mushrooms over 104 degrees F, you will degrade their DNA. If you do not dry your specimens well, they will rot. Make sure to tape a label of the collection number with the specimens as they're drying. Make a duplicate of the label and place inside and on the outside of the paper bag.  If you have specimens ready to send, email gabriela@utahmushrooms.org.

     

    It is recommended to take 3-6 specimens for cuts, spore prints, and microscopy. Remember, "1 is nothing, 2 is something, and 3 is a collection". If you only find 1 specimen, it is still important to vouch!

Labels: Use the same label for field photo, technical photo, on the ID bag, and in the ID bag. All 4 labels should include:

Species Name

Specimen ID Number

Identifier

Location

Coordinates

Substrate

Date of collection