Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
PSMS Monthly Meeting is ONE WEEK EARLY this month because of our annual show on the 10th-11th.
Diptera Strangelove: or, how the fly learned to stop worrying about amatoxins and love the death cap.
A presentation for general audiences with no prior knowledge of mycology or biology needed. This presentation,
with beautiful photos, will explore the realm of mycophagy--that is, eating mushrooms and other fungi--from a non-human perspective.
In short, from the world of the insects. We'll focus on three examples of beetles and polypores...and how the fungus actually benefits
from the arrangement. We'll look at hymenopterans (wasps) and their little-known involvement with fungi (focusing on a huge wood wasp...
and it's even huge-r arch enemy). Finally we'll look at mycophagous Diptera, or true flies, and how they're attracted to mushrooms.
Especially Amanitas. And even more so to the "deadly" Amanitas. How do they do it...and live to tell? Come find out.
Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi which has the largest circulation
of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin,
teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science.
The main focus of Britt's research interests has centered on the coevolution of macrofungi and
Diptera, the true flies. Bunyard has coauthored Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States:
A Resource Handbook. published by The Ohio State University Press, and other books. Additional scholarly achievements include publication of
scientific papers in 16 different international research journals, one patent, and articles in popular science magazines.
Britt has served as Editor-in-Chief of NAMA's journal McIlvainea and newsletter The Mycophile,
and as a Subject Editor for the Entomological Society of America's journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
Britt gives several invited lectures in North America and abroad each year and regularly takes part in many mycological events and forays.
He has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, has been a reviewer of several published mushroom guide books, and has been a consultant
for National Geographic Magazine, and most recently for an episode of PBS's NOVA television program. He is married and has three children,
plus assorted livestock roaming around the farm.