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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 (mushroom) 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.

2021

NUF

Goals

  • Give end of season progress presentation to MSU.

  • 30 vouched specimens to be sent in for DNA sequence by the end of November 2021.

  • Engage people to strap their boots on and go into the field with us!

  • Increase representation of the fungal diversity and mycophiles of Utah

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

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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 making an iNat observation and collecting specimens:

LEVEL 1 PARTICIPATION
How to make a high quality observation
by making an iNat observation:

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

    • Photograph any possible host trees (within 3 meters from mushroom).​

    • Photograph mushroom in situ showing substrate (soil, moss, wood, etc.).

  2. Carefully unearth some specimens and take detailed photos.

    • Leave some mushrooms to mature and sporulate.

    • Photograph top of cap, entire stipe, cap underside, a cross section of a mushroom, and mushrooms of different maturity.

    • Photograph any bruising, staining, bleeding, latex, bugs, chemical reaction, and any other details that you can notice!

  3. Take at least 1 photo with your smartphone so that the GPS coordinates can be attached on the iNat app.

  4. Upload your photos on the iNat phone app.

    • During the observation submission step click "Projects" and then choose "Northern Utah Funga NUF". Please fill out as many of these observation fields as you can. If you can't upload your observations in the field, then please upload them once you have service.

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

    • Photograph any possible host trees (within 3 meters from mushroom).​

    • Photograph mushroom in situ showing substrate (soil, moss, wood, etc.).

  2. Carefully unearth some specimens and take detailed photos.

    • Leave some mushrooms to mature and sporulate.

    • Photograph top of cap, entire stipe, cap underside, a cross section of a mushroom, and mushrooms of different maturity.

    • Photograph any bruising, staining, bleeding, latex, bugs, chemical reaction, and any other details that you can notice!

  3. Take at least 1 photo with your smartphone so that the GPS coordinates can be attached on the iNat app.

  4. Take at least 1 photo of the specimens with their unique identifier field slip.

  5. Upload your photos on the iNat phone app.

    • During the observation submission step click "Projects" and then choose "Northern Utah Funga NUF". Please fill out as many of these observation fields as you can. If you can't upload your observations in the field, then please upload them once you have service.

  6. Collect your specimens!

    • Organize specimens in a paper bag or container.

    • Take 3-6 specimens.

    • Leave a few fruiting bodies to mature and sporulate, if possible.

    • If you only find 1 specimen, it can still be important to collect.

  7. ​At home data collection:

    • Take more technical photography and gather more data if necessary (chemical stains, measurements, microscopy, etc.).

    • Take a spore print.

  8. Dry your mushrooms.

    • Dry your mushrooms (1 - 4 nights) until they are hard enough to snap.

    • Tape a label of the collection number with the specimens as they're drying.

    • 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. 

  9. Label and store your mushrooms, and send them to the NUF Fungarium.

    • Make 2 labels and place one inside and one on the outside a plastic bag. Fold your field slip inside the bag as a 3rd label. Place your mushrooms in the plastic bag once dried and temporarily store in a safe place.

    • If you have specimens ready to send in, email gabriela@utahmushrooms.org.

Labels: Use the same label for outside of the plastic bag and inside the plastic bag. Each label should include:
Species Name
Specimen ID Number
Identifier
Location
Coordinates
Substrate
Date of collection