fungi

Tony Carter: A Mission to Ainsdale

Caloscypha fulgens (Tony Carter)

I received a request from Kew Herbarium to collect some specimens of the morels that can be found at the Ainsdale Sand Dunes Reserve. They are recorded as Morcella elata (Black Morel), an uncommon species.  A recent European molecular study has revealed some new species. There is a distinct possibility that the Ainsdale dune collections and British sand dune collections in general, belong to a species not previously recognised in Britain.

Lost & Found: Chrysomyxa pirolata; a rust fungus on Wintergreen

Tony Carter, Chrysomyxa pirolata

With financial support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Kew has embarked on the Lost & Found Fungi Project, a five-year UK fungal research programme in partnership with the volunteer science community. With support from Kew, local fungus recording groups are carrying out surveys and monitoring exercises for a set of 100 species that are currently assumed to be rare, to establish whether they are still extant in the UK and, if so, whether their distributions are larger or smaller than are known at present and whether they are threatened.

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