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Welcome back, citizen!

Join us for a micro-battle in the soil! This week, we'll get familiar with nematodes and learn about an incredible adaptation that some familiar fungi have. My guest this time is Dr. Greg Thorn with Western University in London, Ontario.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

The University of Nebraska at Lincoln - nematode page

American Phytopathological Society - nematode page

Medscape - Icky nematode-caused human diseases

Dr. George Barron - University of Guelph

The Atlantic - When Tulips Kill

Thank you to Dr. Greg Thorn for teaching us about the tricky traps fungi set for their prey, to Rowen Cannon for providing transcription, and to the Mycological Society of America's Student Section. You can access a transcript of this episode here.

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Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music used via Creative Commons license through Freesound.  Background music is Mycelium by Lookyan. The thumbnail image for this episode was provided by the scientific journal Paracite.

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpodor email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

Please Stay Tuned!

Hello, Fungi Town citizens!

You may have noticed that the lights have been out around town lately. Systems are temporarily down and should be back up shortly. FT has been hit by a hurricane of "real life" and is attempting to rebuild.

Please stay tuned, as the show will continue once things are a little more stable. 

Thanks for listening!

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Welcome back, citizen!

What's got people so excited about the Great Lakes? A great discovery in the lakes is getting a lot of attention lately. So, I spoke to the researchers who plumbed the depths of the Great Lakes and brought up something surprising. My guests this time are Dr. Andrew Miller from the University of Illinois and Dr. Robert Cichewicz from the University of Oklahoma.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

Science Direct article - “What Lies Beneath? Fungal diversity at the Bottom of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior”

Illinois Prairie Research Institute article - "Scientists find new fungi at the bottom of the Great Lakes"

Michigan Radio article -  "Could a fungus from the bottom of a the Great Lakes hold a cure for cancer?"

What's In Your Backyard? citizen science project

Thank you to Dr. Miller and Dr. Cichewicz for sharing their remarkable discoveries with me, to Rowen Cannon for providing transcription, and to Leslie Masson of the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United group. You can access a transcript of this episode here.

Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.

  • $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
  • $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
  • $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.

If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music used via Creative Commons license through Freesound.  Background music is Flammulina velutipes by Keiss.

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

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Welcome back, citizen!

Can fungi do acrobatics? sprints? backstrokes? Find out in this first episode of Fungi Town's four-part series on the Fungus Olympics! I'll talk to one of the organizers of the competition and several of the competitors to find out how the event got started and learn about the people behind the competition.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

The Fungus Olympics official site

Slime Moulds playlist

Wikipedia's entry on Microfluidics

Neutrophil definition from National Cancer Institute

Video of the hat-thrower fungus.

Thank you to Dr. Daniel Irimia from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Derreck Carter-House, Jesus Pena, and Dr. Jason Stajich from the University of California at Riverside, Dr. Ilkka Kronholm from the University of Jyväskylä, and to Rowen Cannon for providing the transcript for this episode, which you can find here or in the transcripts tab. 

Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.

  • $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
  • $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
  • $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.

If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. The fanfare sound is by bone666138, used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Background music is Clavaria zolllingeri by Potential DiffereSE

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

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Welcome back, citizen!

Listen to this very special Halloween episode, where we'll talk about eerie glows, a mushroom that looks like a pumpkin, and fairy rings. My guest this time is Dr. Andrew Miller from the Illinois Natural History Survey.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

Dr. Miller's co-authored article about Omphalotus

The Mushroom Expert's "conspiracy" article

Current Biology article about bioluminescence

Wikipedia's entry on fairy rings

Thank you to Dr. Andrew Miller from The Illinois Natural History Survey for sharing his expertise on Omphalotus, Dr. Marin Brewer for teaching us about fairy rings, and to Rowen Cannon for providing the transcript for this episode, which you can find here or in the transcripts tab. 

Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter "FUNGITOWN" in the order notes.

***Update***

Fungi Town citizen, Leslie Masson, reached out to share some of her findings about this episode's fungi:

"I have a foolproof way of distinguishing chanterelles from Jack o’lanterns - put them in hot water. Jack O’Lanterns are a dye fungi so the water will become orange. When put into hot water chanterelles produce a negligible color change.

Below are photos of chanterelles (left & top)& jacks (right & bottom) in hot water."
  
 

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here. For $1 a month, you get access to exclusive mini episodes of the show, for a $5 montly contribution, you get one of my new Fungi Town bumper stickers, and now there's a $10 option that gives you a choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter. If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, evil monster laugher by maarten.tepaske, both used via Creative Commons license through Freesound

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

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Welcome back, citizen!

Life on Earth faces some serious challenges. In this episode, I'll go over some of the major events that have shaped life on our planet and talk about our current "extinction event." I'll also speak with Dr. Taegan McMahon about her efforts to save our amphibian species.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

Mass Extinctions (American Museum of Natural History)

Mass Extinctions (National Geographic)

Cambrian Extinction (Live Science)

Devonian Extinction (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Anthropocene Extinction (Time)

Amphibian Extictions (NZFrog)

Thank you to Dr. Taegan McMahon from The University of Tampa for sharing her expertise on frogs and fungi, and to Rowen Cannon for providing the transcript for this episode, which you can find here

Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter "FUNGITOWN" in the order notes.

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here. For $1 a month, you get access to exclusive mini episodes of the show, for a $5 montly contribution, you get one of my new Fungi Town bumper stickers, and now there's a $10 option that gives you a choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter. If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, wildlife by conleecbats by klankschap, and cane toads by bhobby all used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Ominous music was Psathyrella Aquatica by Sobrio, also used through a Creative Commons license.

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

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Welcome back, citizen!

What do gangrene, witches, and LSD have in common? Find out when I talk to Dr. Anthony Glenn from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service about the plant pathogen known as ergot of rye.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

Claviceps purpurea (Wikipedia)

Ergot (American Phytopathological Society)

Grass (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Thank you to Dr. Anthony Glenn from The USDA for sharing his expertise on the show and to Rowen Cannon for providing the transcript for this episode, which you can find here

Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter "FUNGITOWN" in the order notes.

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here. For $1 a month, you get access to exclusive mini episodes of the show, for a $5 montly contribution, you get one of my new Fungi Town bumper stickers, and now there's a $10 option that gives you a choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter. If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, lawn mower by ainayave, baseball hit by AmishRob, and grasswalk by smaigin; all used via Creative Commons license through Freesound

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

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Welcome back, citizen!

Invasive species are a hot topic these days. With pythons in Florida and Lion Fish at the Atlantic coast, they're making news everywhere. But what exactly is an "invasive species" and how do we control them? I'll answer those questions and talk to Kristen Wickert from West Virginia University about how she's learning to control an invasive tree.

If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:

Kudzu (Atlantic Journal Constitution)

Kudzu (Smithsonian Magazine)

Lion Fish (NOAA)

Lion Fish (Nature)

Biolcontrol (Sciencing.com)

Biocontrol (Biocontrol Journal)

Cane Toads (National Geographic)

Cane Toads (Australian Government)

Mongoose (Hawaiian Government)

Mongoose (MauiInvasive.org)

Mongoose (BigIslandNow.com)

Tree-of-Heaven (Nature Conservancy)

Tree-of-Heaven (Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources)

Tree-of-Heaven (USDA)

A photo comparing healthy and infected branches:

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A photo showing the transfer of purple dye in Kristen's experiment:

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Thank you to Kristen Wickert from West Virginia University for sharing her expertise on the show and to Dr. Marin Brewer for her contribution to De-funked! You can read Kristen's paper titled, "Seed Production, Viability, and Reproductive Limits of the Invasive Ailanthus altissima (Tree-of-Heaven) within Invaded Environments" here. Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter "FUNGITOWN" in the order notes.

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here. For $1 a month, you get access to exclusive mini episodes of the show, for a $5 montly contribution, you get a snazzy Fungi Town logo vinyl sticker PLUS access to the mini episodes, and now there's a $10 option that gives you a choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter. If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, eating apple by niwki, wind by InspectorJ, african-lion by soundbytez, ship horn by Grotelue, creaky dock by kev_durr, ship bell by CGEffex, pet shop by RTB45, boa constrictor by Kjell Persson, chopping wood by MAJ061785, chomp chew bite by bbrocer, tea by MC_Minnaar, gulp by brookmorgan, spray by WeeJee_vdH, squeak by Nakhas, and cane toad by bhobby; all used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Photos were contributed by Kristen Wickert and used with permission.

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Episode 10: Smut

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Welcome back, citizen!

This episode is the long-awaited smut episode! But, no need to usher the kids out of the room, because I'm talking - of course - about a type of fungi. My guest, Dr. Marin Brewer of the University of Georgia's Plant Pathology department, will talk about the biology of Ustilago maydis. I'll also speak to Daniel Brooks from Licha's Cantina about cooking with huitlacoche, a.k.a. "corn smut". 

Here are some articles about this episode's fungus:

Food Republic

Aqui es Texcoco restaurant

PBS video

NPR article

Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Very special thanks goes to Leah Churner, host of the Hothouse podcast, for helping me connect with Licha's Cantina. If you're interested in permaculture or just like to garden, check out her show on her website or wherever you get your podcasts.

If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here. For $1 a month, you get access to exclusive mini episodes of the show, for a $5 montly contribution, you get a snazzy Fungi Town logo vinyl sticker PLUS access to the mini episodes, and now there's a $10 option that gives you a choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter. If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, record scratch by luffy,  and smutty music by leehayeskerr, all used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Photo was taken by Jen Parrilli.

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

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Welcome back, citizen!

This episode, I focus on having fun with fibers. My guest, Alissa Allen of Mycopigments, will talk about how to turn mushrooms and lichens into yarn dye! As a fiber artist, I'm especially excited to learn about this creative alternative to chemical colors. I'll also speak to Alissa's client and friend, Tess Barlow, about her experiences discovering her regional color palette. (Big apologies for the sticky keyboard sounds during Alissa's interview. I spilled beer on my laptop. T_T)

You can reach Alissa and other mushroom dyers on the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United Facebook group.

You can find a brief overview of the known history of dyes here.

I'll be going to the Podcast Movement convention next week, to learn about how to be a better podcaster and improve the quality of the show. If you're enjoying it so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here. For $1 a month, you get access to exclusive mini episodes of the show, for a $5 montly contribution, you get a snazzy Fungi Town logo vinyl sticker PLUS access to the mini episodes, and now there's a $10 option that gives you a choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter. If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music and sheep sounds are by soundmary; both used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Photo is by guest Alissa Allen and has been resized.

You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com.

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