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May 15 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting, Times-Mirror Meeting Room, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  

Speaker: Dr. Erica Cline, associate professor, University of Washington, Tacoma

Program: "Toxic metals in wild harvested mushrooms: Should you worry?"

Description: Have you ever wondered whether some types of mushrooms are safer than others with respect to the metals they contain, or whether some foraging areas are safer than others? Our research study has been testing metals levels in a variety of commonly harvested wild mushroom species collected with the help of local mushroom foragers along the west coast of the US. We're hoping to learn more about where metal accumulation in mushrooms is high and which mushroom species contain levels of metals that might pose a risk to human health based on chronic exposure.


Erica Cline

Dr. Erica Cline is an associate professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, where she works with undergraduate research students to study metals in mushrooms, the role of mycorrhizal fungi in revegetation of the Elwha dam restoration site, and the recolonization of pumice plains at Mt St Helens decades after the eruption, among other topics.

No LAMS forays are scheduled at the moment.  Forays for morels and other spring fungi should begin in late April or early May, depending on weather.  LAMS members will receive an announcement of forays as soon as they are scheduled.