Fleshy fungi of Gamboa

Participants will explore forested areas near Gamboa for mushroom-type fungi and other fleshy fungi such as puffballs, stinkhorns, bracket fungi and jelly fungi. They will learn procedures for collecting and photography in the field; how to recognize the aforementioned groups based on morphological characteristics; be introduced to genera of tropical fungi; be introduced to the ecology such as substrate preference or mycorrhizal status; in the lab participants will learn the procedures for recording macroscopic features, making spore prints and the preservation technique. An introduction to microscopy might be included.

General information

Date: June 16, 2024

Location: Gamboa

Organizer: Clark L. Ovrebo

Email: covrebo@uco.edu

Cost per participant: $30.00

Participants: Minimum participants 4 / Maximum 12 participants

Registration deadline: May 31, 2024


7:45 AMArrive at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute laboratory building in Gamboa; introductions
8:00 – AM 9:00 AMIntroductory talk in the 1st floor conference room
9:00 AM – 12:00 PMField component. A forest walk including demonstration of procedures for collecting and photographing fungi.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch break
1:00 PM – 4:00 PMLab component. Examination of collected specimens in the conference room or laboratory, with introduction to microscopy; possible additional photo presentation.

Activity justification

Fleshy fungi are still an understudied group of organisms in the neotropics. Progress is slow in documenting their diversity because of the unpredictability of their fruiting, which is mainly dependent upon abundant moisture, and because of the unexplained idiosyncrasies of their fruiting patterns. And, there are not that many mycologists specializing in this discipline. This field trip/workshop will provide some basic knowledge for those who might desire to assist in documenting their biodiversity.

Participant physical demands and responsibilities

Participants should be in good physical condition and be attired and otherwise prepared for half a day of field work in humid tropical forests (long pants, boots, water bottles, sunscreen, hats, bug repellant). Participants should bring their own lunches or money to buy lunch at a local restaurant.

Notes: A 100% reimbursement will be made for FIELD TRIPS and FIELD COURSES (workshops) if STRI is not able to carry out the trip or if the field trip/field course does not meet the minimum requirement of participants.