Introduction
An introduction to my meager contribution to the mycological community.
The Puffball
These are back issues of the Puffball newsletter.
The Mushrooms
Detailed descriptions of various mushrooms.
Mushroom Links
Top general mushroom sites.
mycoElectronica
Coming soon to a WWW browser near you...
Mycological Database
Coming soon to a WWW browser near you...
Mushrooms on Stamps
Originally an article in the Puffball newsletter. Now a regularly updated feature.
Mushroom Poisons
Another article turned regularly updated feature. Hopefully you will find important, timely information on mushroom poisons.

Introduction

The purpose of this WWW site is to give back to the mycological community some of what I've gained from it over the course of the past twenty years. Although mushrooms have been an interesting side-track for quite a long time, I really haven't been able to devote the kind of dedicated time that I would really like to. However, I have been able to develop a database that contains references to over 23,000 articles, 8500+ species names, and 600 books (not to mention magazines, etc.).

Since I play the role of a software developer with an emphasis in database publishing in my real job at Natural Intelligence, Inc., I have had the unique opportunity to take two of my passions, information technology and mushrooms, and merge them into a data file that is currently over 20Mb in size (this is without pictures, or special search indexing added).

I plan on publishing part (or perhaps all) of this resource for the mycological community to use at some point in the future, pending finding the appropriate machine resources, etc. Until then, a mushroom or two will appear here from time to time to give an idea of the type of information that has been collected.

I have also published my ramblings on mushrooms, as both current ramblings (probably very sparse for now), and past ramblings in the form of a newsletter, The Puffball, that I was editor of for several months.


The Puffball

The Puffball (hey, I didn't name it... I would have shot for something like "The Avenging Angel" or perhaps "The Stinkhorn") is the official newsletter of the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society located in Salem, Oregon. I was the editor of the newsletter for a year starting from November of 1993 until I started my preparation to leave Oregon and jump to the equally beautiful state of New Hampshire. The following issues are currently available on-line:




mycoElectronica

Coming soon to a World Wide Web browser near you...





The Mushrooms

Well, it's a meager start, but it's a start. The database that I'd been maintaining on a sporadic basis up to about two years ago is by no means even close to being a complete resource on any single genus, let alone all of the macrofungal that are currently known. As time allows the database will be added to, and perhaps at some point I can collect a significant percentage of the mushrooms into a single resource. Until then...

This resource will at some point be a user searchable database. Until that happens, I will only be able to allow access to a small portion of the current data. The web pages that are referenced below were completely created from the database affectionately known as "mycoPro(tm)". They can just as easily be output directly to a user on request via the available WWW CGI interface. In order to do this I would need access to a Macintosh or Windows computer running the appropriate web server software.

The first page is a listing of the genus's currently referenced within mycoPro(tm). After the genus name is the number of species references available. For example purposes three of the genus's have links that take you to listings of the available species.

The items on the list of things to publish are: regions around the world that reported on the listed mushrooms, references to the books, references to the people, sound files for pronounciation, glossary links to mycological terms, original latin descriptions (where available), and more. All of these items are currently in the database, but I didn't have time during the week-end that I worked on this project to include them. They should be added soon.



Mycological Database

Coming soon to a World Wide Web browser near you...




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