Journal archives for January 2021

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!

Cheers,
Grace

Posted on January 21, 2021 04:23 by agboxshall agboxshall | 1 comment | Leave a comment

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!
Cheers,
Grace

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

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