ENVS 197: Fungi All Around Us: An Introduction to Mycology
Fungi All Around Us will introduce you to the world of the fungi. Informal lectures and other events at the Telluride Mushroom Festival (and virtual / online) will explore how fungi impact our everyday lives. Fungi are important pathogens for humans and agricultural crops. They are also of great utility in the manufacturing of food and medicine. Finally, fungi coexist with all plants on the planet. Some of the most bizarre—and beautiful—fungi produce mushrooms and a firsthand examination of these groups will be emphasized.
The Course will consist of presentations from the Telluride Mushroom Festival taking place in Telluride, Colorado. Required attendance (in person or online) presentations for this course will give a great overview of basic fungal taxonomy, morphology, and physiology; an introduction to fungal chemistry; an overview of the most important fungi to all life on the planet—the endo- and ectomycorrhizal fungi; as well as how modern research is done—by scientists and citizen-scientists, alike. For the mycophile wanting to delve deeper into the wonderful world of mushrooms, there are many additional presentations that are being held during the festival that students will be given access to.
Course Leader: Amy Honan, Biology Lecturer and Lab Coordinator, Curator of Fungi WSC Fungarium, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Western Colorado University
Fees: $200 for course credit / $75 to attend without receiving credit
NOTE: You must already have a Festival Pass or Virtual Festival Pass to participate.
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