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See the beauty of fungi in Hood River

Ascomycete fungi — which include morels and truffles — are among the most sought-after by mushroom enthusiasts and chefs.

Local mycologist Michael Beug will be discussing these beautiful, complex, and oftentimes delicious members of the fungi kingdom on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Library. His talk will highlight his newly-published reference book, “Ascomycete Fungi of North America.”

About 75 percent of all fungi that have been described to date belong to the phylum Ascomycota. They are usually referred to as Ascomycetes and are commonly found and collected.

Ascomycetes exhibit a remarkable range of biodiversity, are beautiful and visually complex, and some are highly prized for their edibility.

Many play significant roles in plant ecology. Thus it is remarkable that no book dedicated to describing and illustrating the North American Ascomycetes has been published in over 60 years, until now.

Beug started mushrooming in 1969 in graduate school after taking an adult education class. Three years later, as a professor at The Evergreen State College, he began photographing fungi. His photographs now have appeared in roughly 30 books and articles on mushrooms. He has been a member of the North American Mycological Association since 1974.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org. Sponsored by the Oregon State University Master Gardeners and Hood River County Library District.

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