2020 GEORGIA MUSHROOM FESTIVAL aka MUSH FEST

ALAN ROCKEFELLER, COUNTER CULTURE LAB

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Alan is a mycologist stationed in Oakland, CA where he works out of Counter Culture Labs in support of the Citizen Science Project. He is the prime expert in psilocybin worldwide. His focus is  plant and mushroom identification ( especially hallucigenic mushrooms of Mexico), photography, PCR, sequencing, 

analysis and the phylogeny of basidiomycetes. https://counterculturelab.org

Dr. ALAN E. & ARLEEN BESSETTE, FL

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Dr. Alan E Bessette and his wife, retired psychologist & mycologist Arleen Bessette, MA, authors of numerous mushroom books, are teaching their exciting program:  


"MUSHROOMS OF GEORGIA"

Mushrooms in the wild present an enticing challenge: some are delicious, others are deadly, still others take on almost unbelievable forms.  

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IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS & THE MYCO-CURIOUS"

This 2-hour workshop will include a brief introduction to fungi, their basic anatomy, and their key macro-characteristics.   

Please view their bios and program  details here:   

MARK HABERSTROH / AUBURN, AL

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Mark Haberstroh is a world traveler, mushroom enthusiast and has worked at retreats in Mexico, Jamaica , Costa Rica and The Netherlands in support of scientific development and therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms. He is excited to be speaking with us about the evolving climate of legal magic mushroom use. 

MAPS https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multidisciplinary_Association_for_Psychedelic_Studies 

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Christian  is a scientist, an alchemist, an educator, a creator, a healer, and a student. Mycology is her central passion and expertise. She has a wide spectrum of experiences and skills, both within and without this field.  She will give us insights into new developments in the highly specialized field of MYCOREMEDIATION and how mushrooms can help remedy environmental damage, including nuclear and agricultural waste. https://www.aumanita.com/ 

ALLEN CARROLL, OWNER OF FUNGI FARM, AL

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Allen is the owner of Fungi Farm and will give presentations about commercial mushroom cultivation that also include a peak into his amazing growing operation in AL.  It is the first mushroom spawn lab in Alabama. You will find Alan at the Mushroom Market and, as a speaker, at the Speaker Hub.

During our two-day event, Allen will sell products from his lab and be available to answer questions and offer hands-on assistance during his workshop.

SAM LANDES / MUSHROOM CLUB OF GEORGIA

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Sam is the treasurer of the Mushroom Club of Georgia and in charge of running the speaker pavilion with the assistance of other mycologists. The Mushroom Club of Georgia is an educational organization with the purpose to promote the enjoyment, study, and exchange of information about wild mushrooms. Everyone who has an interest in wild mushrooms is welcome to become a member.  https://www.gamushroomclub.org/index.php 

ANTHONI GOODMAN, President of the ALABAMA MUSHROOM SOCIETY

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Anthoni is a neuroscientist, currently working on his PhD in at the University of Alabama, where, as a labor of love, he is also building the Alabama Mushroom Society with the help of other local mycologists . The Society was created for the interested people in Alabama to discuss the diverse, photogenic, and often quite tasty mushrooms of the region. https://alabamamushroomsociety.org/

The club is there to help members identify unfamiliar fruiting bodies, share good foraging territory with the new folk, gloat excellent finds, share recipes, and generally encourage each other to get out there and explore!   
 

KINGDOM OF FUNGI

TREE OF LIFE

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This tree is based on multiple analyses of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences alone (Hibbett and Thorn 2001; Hibbett and Binder 2002) and analyses that combine protein-coding genes and rRNA genes (Matheny et al. 2007).


HYPHAE

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HYPHAE

A complicated, radially expanding network called the mycelium