Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 28, 2021

Amateur Mushroom Hunters Help Scientists 

NPR has an article that demonstrates the major importance of citizen science in the field of mycology.

Let’s face it. If you are a mushroom scientist, you are hopelessly outnumbered.

By one estimate, there are between 2.2 million and 3.8 million species of fungi — and more than 90% of them aren’t cataloged.

But mycologists (as fungus professionals are known) do get a big boost from a surprisingly sophisticated world of amateurs — both those who tromp through the forests observing oddball species, as well as those who have helped build a community that links the amateurs with the pros.

Read more at Amateur Mushroom Hunters Help Scientists : NPR


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