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Welcome back, citizen!

This week, Fungi Town has gone batty! These often misunderstood but very beneficial creatures are one of the most fascinating things in nature. We've got 47 species in North America. One of America's native bats is the Pallid bat, that feeds on the "deathstalker" scorpion, the sting of which is said to be able to kill an adult human.  Did you know that Austin, TX is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world? Those bats can eat tons of insects per night! But North America's bats represent only 3% of the worlds bat species.  I could go on and on about all of the great things about bats, but I've brought in two great guests this episode to share their love for bats. Karen Vanderwolf of the University of Wisconsin and Melissa Ingala from the American Museum of Natural History will help us learn about the biggest threat to our bats: White Nose Syndrome.

For a WNS distribution map, go here.

What do you do if you've found a bat? Generally, you shouldn't disturb it, but if you think it may be injured or in danger, here are a few links where you can learn how to safely help the bat and who you can contact for help.

Bat World Sanctuary, Inc. - in the U.S.

Essex Bat Group - in the U.K.

If you'd like to help bats in general, consider donating or volunteering to one of these organizations:

Bat Conservation International

Lubee Bat Conservancy

If you're a member of the caving community, here are some resources that cover how to help protect bats while you're caving:

Bat Caver

White-Nose Syndrome.org

Great news! I'm going to the Podcast Movement convention in July. If you'd like to support my attendence at the world's largest podcasting convention, 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. The new theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, bat sounds are by klankschap, insect sounds are by heatfuse used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Photo is by guest Karen Vanderwolf and has been cropped and resized.

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

 

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Welcome back, citizen! 

In this episode of Fungi Town, we learn about a culinary delicacy from the American south that just might become a boon for Georgia farmers. Cousin to the well-known and much-sought-after European black truffle, the pecan truffle can be found much closer to home, but still fetches a nice price in the local market. Find out what a pecan truffle is, how it was discovered, and where to find it when I talk with Dr. Tim Brenneman from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia and Dr. Matthew Smith and Ph.D. student Arthur Grupe from the University of Florida's Plant Pathology Department.

**correction: I mistakenly described the pecan truffle fungus as being endomycorrhizal, when in fact it is ectomycorrhizal.

Here's a cute infographic on the differences between the chocolate truffle and the mushroom variety (you'll need to scroll down a little).

There's a great article about Georgia Pecan Truffles in Garden & Gun Magazine.

To watch a video of my guests with a truffle dog, go here.

Want to teach your dog to hunt truffles? Try Truffle Dog Co. or Southern Tradition Kennels.

To order pecan truffles, pecan truffle oil, and schedule a truffle hunt, try Pecan Ridge Plantation.

To get your science on and view pictures of truffle look-alikes to watch out for, try this.

Thirsty? Here's a European black truffle infused vodka called Black Moth (for funzies).

During the break, I make an exciting announcement about the Podcast Movement convention in July. If you'd like to support the podcast, 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. The new 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. Photo is by guest Dr. Matthew Smith and has been cropped and resized.

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

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Hello, citizen. Welcome back to Fungi Town! 

This time, we go underground to explore complex relationship between orchids and fungi. Did you know that all orchids depend on underground fungi to grow? In fact, most plants grow better with a fungal partner. But it's not all smiles and handshakes in this relationship. Find out more as I talk to Melissa McCormick from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center about mycorhizzal fungi.

For a good overview of mycorrhizae, check out this article from Untamed Science.

For a thorough read about orchids, try this entry by Encyclopedia Britannica.

Confused about ecto and endo mycorrhizae? Here's a great infographic from Plant Science 4U.

Okay, now WTF is an "endophyte?" Yeah, here's Wikipedia's entry on the subject.

Special thanks to my guests, Melissa McCormick, as well as Dr. Dorset Trapnell and Patrick Smallwood of UGA's Plant Biology department.

If you like this podcast, please consider becoming a patron. To get access to special mini episodes and a sweet vinyl sticker, just visit www.fungitown.com and click the green "become a patron" button in the upper right corner of your screen. How about leaving a review? Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will go a long way toward helping other listeners find their way to Fungi Town. New episodes are released every two weeks. Join me next time, when we talk about a subterranian southern delicacy.

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. The new theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, Ice Cream Truck Melody, Wind, kisses, and Primary school children playing were cropped and 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.

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Hi citizen! Welcome back to Fungi Town! 

This week, we focus on the amazing ability some fungi have to clean our environment. Lots of people enjoy growing and eating oyster mushrooms, but did you know that they can also clean diesel fuel and motor oil out of the soil? They're not the only species of fungi skilled at breaking down toxic materials. Since fungi don't have mouths and stomachs, they have to digest their food outside of their bodies and then reabsorb the nutrient soup that results. These digestive secretions, known as enzymes, are great at breaking big molecules (like petrochemicals) down into smaller, digestable ones. Join me as I talk to two mycoremediation experts about the great possiblilites and the challenges of cleaning our Earth with fungi.

To read about how brown rot fungi can be used in the biofuel industry, go here.

To learn more about dog waste and waterways, check out this pamplet by the Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department.

To find out more about Athens' chicken laws, check out this article in The Flagpole.

Special thanks to my guests: Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain in South Carolina.  His book is Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green, contains several remediation projects you can do at home with a limited budget. And to Levon Durr of Fungaia Farm.

If you like this podcast, please consider becoming a patron. To get access to special mini episodes and a sweet vinyl sticker, just visit www.fungitown.com and click the green "become a patron" button in the upper right corner of your screen. How about leaving a review? Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will go a long way toward helping other listeners find their way to Fungi Town. New episodes are released every two weeks. Join me next time, when we talk about the fascinating relationship between fungi and orchids.

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme Music was created using the Bandimal App from Yatatoy. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, sound effects were Chopping Onion by ObieDaz and Butter Sizzling by hmoosher, 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.

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Hi citizen! Welcome back to Fungi Town! 

This week, we investigate the mysterious partnership between fungi and algae that forms lichen. Although they may look like moss and live in some of the same habitats, lichens are completely different organisms. To help me explain what lichens are and what makes them so interesting, my guest Dr. Frank Bungartz from Arizona State University and the Charles Darwin Foundation talks about his work in the Sonoran Desert and the Galapagos Islands. We'll also discuss a new discovery that de-funked over 140 years of lichenology.  

To learn more about Tony Spribille's discovery, check out the excellent videos below:

SciShow Talk Show 

What's in a Lichen - National Geographic

If you like this podcast, please consider becoming a patron. To get access to special mini episodes and some sweet vinyl stickers, just visit www.fungitown.com and click the green "become a patron" button in the upper right corner of your screen. How about leaving a review? Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will go a long way toward helping other listeners find their way to Fungi Town. New episodes are released every two weeks. Join me next time, when we talk about how fungi may be the solution to cleaning up our environment.

Special thanks to my guests: Dr. Frank Bungartz of Arizona State University and the Charles Darwin Foundation and Haley Golz of Lichen Landscapes, who contributed the artwork for this episode. Check out her website for some beautiful prints and cards. 

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme Music was created using the Bandimal App from Yatatoy. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, 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.

Episode 03: Beer!

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Welcome back to Fungi Town! 

This week, we explore one of my favorite topics - beer! What has beer got to do with fungi? Everything! In fact, you can't make beer without it. Join me as I talk to two beer brewing experts and find out what role our fungal friends have in making the most consumed alcoholic beverage on the planet. (But you don't have to be 21 to listen.) Then, I'll travel to Walton County to visit with a healthcare professional who will help me de-funk a fungi myth.

Please like this podcast and subscribe! Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will go a long way toward helping other listeners find their way to Fungi Town. New episodes are released every two weeks. Join me next time, when we talk about the crustiest - or crustose-iest - fungi of all, lichens.

Special thanks to my guests: David Thornton of Carolina Bauernhaus Ales and Southyeast Labs, Brian Roth from Southern Brewing Company, and Kelsey Flick of the Walton County Health Department. Thanks also go to Sarah Peck and Eric Wagoner for their assistance.

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme Music was created using the Bandimal App from Yatatoy. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music, 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.

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Welcome back to Fungi Town! 

One of the very best ways to learn about mushrooms is to go out and find them. But once you do, how do you know what you've got? How do you know if it's poisonous? Where should you look to find more of them? To answer any of those questions, you'll need to get a proper mushroom ID and on this episode of Fungi Town, we'll find out how to do just that!

Here are a few of the mushroom identification resources mentioned in this episode:

Mushroom Observer

Mushroom Expert

Mushrooms Demystified

Yellow Elanor

Here's a simple mushroom diagram:

Mushroom_Diagram_WO_Logo.jpg

Please like this podcast and subscribe! Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will go a long way toward helping other listeners find their way to Fungi Town. New episodes are released every two weeks. Join me next time, when we talk about one of my favorite subjects - beer!

Special Thanks to Alan Rockefeller for his input on mushroom identification, Bill Sheehan and Sam Landes of the Mushroom Club of Georgia for helping me connect with Alan, and Rachel Zoller from Yellow Elanor for letting me use her wonderful mushroom diagram. 

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme Music was created using the Bandimal App from Yatatoy. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music-, School bell.wav is by 13FPanska_Stranska_Michaela, chalkboard-writing-pan-timelapse.wav is by newagesoup, and Spy Music.wav is by Alvinwhatup2, 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.

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Welcome to the very first episode of Fungi Town! 

Many people think that fungi are related to plants, but they're actually more closely related to animals! In this episode, I'll go over some important differences between the plant and fungi kingdoms. We'll also go on a tour of the average home to discover some of the many ways that we interact with fungi in our everyday lives. Finally, I'll take you to a working mushroom farm to de-funk a mushroom myth. Come on down to Fungi Town!

Please like this podcast and subscribe! Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will go a long way toward helping other listeners find their way to Fungi Town. New episodes are released every two weeks. Join me next time, when I cover mushroom identification.

Thanks to my "what's a fungus" guests: Elizabeth Joy Tong, John Tyme Tong, Eric Wagoner, Vivian Wagoner, Juniper Wagoner, and Terrance Schmidt. Special Thanks to Kevin Frazier for showing me around the Sparta Mushrooms farm, Doug Parsons (host of the podcast America Adapts) and my mentors and cohorts during this month's 28 Day Podcast Challenge

Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Music was created using the Bandimal App from Yatatoy. All sound effects were recorded by Jen Parrilli with the following exceptions: cow (by reinsamba), bats (by klankschap), cafe (by CharleneZ), and funky music (by leehayeskerr) used via Creative Commons license and found on Freesound.

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

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Teaser Trailer

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Curious about cordyceps? Feeling icky about inkcaps? Maybe you just want to know what that fuzz growing on your bread is.

I'm excited about the world of fungi and even more excited to bring you my brand new podcast all about them!

Here's a little taste of what's to come at Fungi Town, launching soon. 

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