June 10, 2021

We're going to be published!

Great news! After a veeeery long time, the research project that started FungiSight is heading to the printers!

The American-based scientific journal, Mycologia, has accepted our manuscript and is in the process of editing and formatting our proofs for publication! This research article, titled "A field-based investigation of simple phenol variation in Australian Agaricus xanthodermus," includes sightings made by Australian citizen scientists to answer the question of why yellow stainers seem to be sometimes poisonous and sometimes not.
I'm sharing the process as it happens over on the FungiSight Instagram and Facebook pages, but I'll keep you posted here too!

While we're thinking about research and publication, how long do YOU think research takes from start to publication? Months? Years? Decades?
I'd love it if you could share your thoughts and/or experiences with me via one of these two surveys? I'll create some infographics to share the results! It should only take 3-5 minutes to complete.



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May 06, 2021

Publishing update!

You may have seen the Facebook post yesterday, but we had some news. I finally resubmitted the Agaricus xanthodermus toxicity variation manuscript to the scientific journal, Mycologia!
I should be used to it now but submitting a manuscript can be an incredibly nerve wracking process!

My friend, Kia, says that you should go home after submitting to a journal because it’s exhausting and because nothing you can do for the rest of the day will contribute as much to your career as clicking that submit button! 😛

Those of you who’ve been with us for a while may recall that we’ve sent this paper out to journals before. Unfortunately this project was a bit niche and very confusing (even for me), but this constant refinement process has done wonders! I’m really confident now that we’re telling the best story we possibly can!
This is the third time submitting to Mycologia. The first time they rejected it, provided feedback and encouraged us to try again. The second time, they rejected it, gave us pages and pages of really constructive feedback and invited us to resubmit by May 5th. Which might just mean that if we’ve answered all the reviewer comments and made all the right changes... they just might publish it!! 😮

I’ll be heading out to Tas for fieldwork but keep those Agaricus sightings coming! It’s absolutely Agaricus season and all your sightings help!!


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January 22, 2021

FungiSight is ready for your observations!

Welcome to FungiSight on iNaturalist!

Thanks to Tony at iNaturalist's help team, we've resolved the issue with our species list and are ready to go! You can now add observations of any species of our target genera (see our project list) to the FungiSight project.

My name is Grace, I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. I study Agaricus- and I am particularly keen to find out what species of Agaricus we have here in Australia and across the ditch in good old NZ. We have a lot of undescribed native species and for my PhD, I'm hoping to identify as many of them as I can, name some and work out how our Australasian Agaricus fit in with the rest of the world's.

I started FungiSight on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fungisight) when I was doing my Master's degree - back before iNaturalist was available to us in Australia. I needed to collect fresh fungi for my research but it's so hard to know when and where they were fruiting. I needed eyes on the ground telling me when and where they were popping up so I could go collect them. And you all rose to the challenge magnificently! Thanks to you, I was able to collect enough fresh Agaricus xanthodermus to do my research- and I'm now in the process of publishing our results on A. xanthodermus toxicity.

Now iNaturalist is here and I would LOVE your Australian Agaricus observations! We've even extended the FungiSight family to include research projects for some fellow mycologists: my supervisor, Teresa (Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia), my Phd "sister" Fran Guard in QLD, and fungal ecologist Sapphire. We're also keeping an eye on the spread of some Amanita species.

I'll keep you posted with our research and I look forward to seeing any observations you can share with us!

Posted on January 22, 2021 00:15 by agboxshall agboxshall | 3 comments | Leave a comment

January 21, 2021

Still trying to sort out these observation kinks...

Hi everyone!

Thank you for your patience. We're getting ready to amp up here on iNaturalist ahead of this La Niña field season (and the first field season of my new PhD). Woo! But we're still working out some teething issues with the taxon list. It appears that you can add genus level identifications but not species level identifications... not ideal.

I'll let you know once everything is ready to go. Fingers crossed it's soon! I'm looking forward to seeing all your observations and hopefully using them to inform collections for our research!


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August 04, 2019

Testing Fungisight

Hi Naturalists,

We are just testing this project at the moment so would appreciate if you wait until we launch it.

This will be site to share fungi sightings with Australasian mycologists* doing research! We need your help as fungi pop up like magic so we need keen eyes on the ground. This page collects sightings in Australasia as they pop up to enable scientific study of: Agaricus; Macrolepiota and Chlorophyllum; Paxillus and Austropaxillus; Lactarius and Multifurca; and specific species Amanita phalloides.

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