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LAMS is a non-profit group whose purpose is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology (that is the study of mushrooms and fungi).

We create and sponsor fun mushroom related events and help people learn about and identify mushrooms they find in the greater Los Angeles area.


November 17 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting

Directions to the meeting are here.

Speaker:   Michael Beug, Co-author, Ascomycete Fungi of North America

Program: "For the Love of Western Ascomycetes"


Michael Beug, with two morels, a popular edible ascomycete


In this talk, I illustrate the spectacular and diverse world of Ascomycete fungi in the west. You will learn about edibles from morels to truffles, fungal habitats and fungal lifestyles. I describe what Ascomycetes are. You will learn about unusual fungi, some with medicinal applications, some with industrial uses, some that cause plant diseases, some that cure plant diseases, and some that control insects.

I describe how I came to write the book Ascomycete Fungi of North America with coauthors Alan and Arleen Bessette, the first color –illustrated book to cover North American Ascomycetes.  Ascomycete Fungi of North America has just been nominated for the PROSE award for the best 2014 book in the single volume reference/science category.

Michael Beug is Professor Emeritus of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he taught chemistry, mycology and organic farming for 32 years.

Dr. Beug will have copies of his book Ascomycete Fungi of North America, available for sale at the special author's price of $65.00 each.  List price is $85.00 and the current price on Amazon.com is $76.50.


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