Talk Description: In North America, the fungal family Bankeraceae includes the genera Sarcodon, Hydnellum, Phellodon, and Boletopsis. This family contains well-known (and not-so-well-known) edible species, as well as highly prized dye-mushrooms. Bankeraceae is also known for its many rare species which are experiencing reported population declines across the globe. This talk covers recent and on-going research to describe the diversity of Bankeraceae species in western North America. Additionally, Justin will be highlighting the many contributions of rare and unique fungal collections made by Colorado Mycological Society and Pikes Peak Mycological Society members, which have been foundational to this project.
Bio: Justin Loucks is a mycologist and all-around fungal enthusiast. Currently, he is a master’s student with University of Colorado Denver and Denver Botanic Gardens, studying species diversity in the fungal family Bankeraceae. He has been a member of the Colorado Mycological Society since 2018 and loves finding rare and uncommon fungi in unique habitats.
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