The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join!

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Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are open to the public and feature a guest speaker and recent area finds.

Time & Date

7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month, March through November. (We have an extra meeting in August! April and July meetings will start at 7:15 PM.)

New Location for 2019!

The Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center.
It is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Speaker Program

June 2019: Tradd Cotter.
The Blue Portal: Mushroom Mountain's New Healing Center and Psilocybin Research Facility in Jamaica.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Dr. Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 31 John Munafo
November 28 Annual Business Meeting. Current members only.


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March 8th @ AMC Monthly Meeting

Our guest this month will be Ryan Kepler. He will offer a talk on “Insect Pathogens of the Appalachians.” This broad overview of insect-associated fungi will focus on Cordyceps and related fungi. If you had the pleasure of hearing Ryan give this talk at NAMA Shenandoah Foray, you'll know that he makes this fascinating topic accessible to a general audience with not too much in terms of the hardcore science methods.

Ryan Kepler is currently a researcher in the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory at the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Primary research interests include the evolution and genetics of fungi used in biological control of plant pests and the diversity of microbes and nematodes in agricultural soils. His research has relied on the use of traditional field studies, molecular data and computational biology to understand fungal relationships and community structure. This work has involved global collaborations with collaborators in Japan, China, Colombia and Europe. He has extensive experience with the forests of Southern Appalachia from his time as a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and from conducting surveys of insect pathogenic fungi during his graduate schooling at Oregon State University.

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