Matthew Foltz Fungi

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Work: Coordinating the NSF-funded Macrofungi Collection Consortium project at the University of Michigan Herbarium, which has one of the largest holdings of dried scientific fungal collections in the United States. Our goal is to create digital records of all the collections of macrofungi that have been deposited in the herbarium and their associated data. The information is being made publicly accessible through an online database (http://mycoportal.org), allowing easy access to information tied to collections in the Michigan Herbarium. This project is part of a large effort that includes 35 other herbaria and museums throughout the United States, encompassing essentially all macrofungal collections (1.4 million+) deposited in the United States in the past 150 years. The ecological and phenological questions that can be addressed once the database is complete are truly spectacular.
Personal: Continuing efforts in the systematics of Cantharellus in North America. I am particularly interested in taxa occuring in the Midwestern United States and those in surrounding regions including the Middle, Eastern, and North-Eastern United States, as well as Canadian specimens from Ontario. Professional and citizen mycologists interested in providing specimens for research are encouraged to contact me.



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