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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.


Please see the Directions page for an important update (October 2015) regarding a changed access route to the Times-Mirror Meeting Room.


January 16 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting, Times-Mirror Meeting Room, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

 Speaker: James Trappe, PhD

Program: Native Truffles, Native Trufflers: Truffling Through History"

Description: Use of truffles by native peoples is recorded in Egypt and Syria as far back as 2000 BC. Other cultures, for example Australian Aborigines and Kalahari San, could well have collected them for food much earlier. Beyond these earliest examples we examine truffles hunting by native peoples of Mediterranean lands, North America, and Asia. All our examples precede the presently commercialization and cultivation of a dozen or so select truffle species.


Dr. James Trappe (wearing mushroom crown) on a truffle foray in the Pacific Northwest


More information about LAMS events, including a biography of the speaker, is available on the Calendar page.


February 12, 2017 (Sunday) 33rd Annual Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair

This promises to be an outstanding Mushroom Fair.   More information about the Fair will be available soon.


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Created in January 2002.  Last update January 1, 2017.  Contact the webmaster.
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