A North American Mycoflora - Discussion and Development of a White Paper

Saturday, July 14, 2012 (Talks and discussion)

Sunday, July 15, 2012 Small group discussion meetings

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Jones Auditorium

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

123 Huntington Street





8:30 AM

 Registration and breakfast


9:00 AM

 Welcome, Introduction, and charge

Tom Bruns

9:30 AM

 Mushroom Observer (and EOL) as a repository of images and metadata

Nathan Wilson

10:00 AM

Group authoring of web content - how to keep quality and accuracy high and resolve conflicts:  the Wikipedia example

Daniel Mietchen  (presenting remotely)

10:30 AM

 Coffee break


10:45 AM Modern Random-access, image-rich keys  and beyond

John Pickering

11:15 AM

Assembling the existing data available in Herbaria

Barbara Thiers

11:45 AM

The Nordic Mycoflora and thoughts on making large mycofloristic projects

Henning Knudsen


12:15-1:15 PM






1:15:00-3:00 PM

Examples of ongoing surveys that involve specimens, sequences, and citizen scientists (15 min. each)


1:15 PM

Great Smoky Mts. Survey

Ron Petersen

1:30 PM

Pt Reyes & Yosemite

Else Vellinga

1:45 PM

NAMA Voucher program

Patrick Leacock

2:00 PM

SW mycoflora project

Scott Bates

2:15 AM

Potential contributions towards a North American-wide Mycota from Canada

Scott Redhead

2:30 PM

Coffee break


2:45-3:00 PM  

Discussion on Surveys





3:00-4:45 PM

Examples of Modern monographic or regional taxon oriented work (15 min. each)


3:00 PM


Rick Kerrigan

3:15 PM

Rooting out Phaeocollybia: lessons learned & a second chance.

Lorelei Norvell

3:30 PM

Russula in North America

Bart Buyck

3:45 PM

A mycoflora for the Inocybaceae of Australia

Brandon Matheny

4:00 PM

Large-scale barcoding of fungal collections

Todd Osmundsen

4:15-4:45 PM

Discussion and Concluding remarks






Dinner and social



Questions or focal topics for Breakout Sessions

Sunday, July 15

Davies Hall


 2-3:30 PM


Assigned  leaders

Session 1

Goals and Structure

Else Vellinga, Mike Wood, Ron Petersen


What short-term goals (5 yrs or less) can we reasonable  accomplish? What are the low hanging fruit? And what are the long-term goals that we are working toward?



Which groups of macrofungi do we know best, and could we make keys, images, and sequence data electronically available for them in the next five years?





Session 2

Physical logistics (specimen/taxonomy related)

Brandon Matheny, Scott Redhead, Roy Halling, Patrick Leacock, Lorelei Norvell


Strategies for sequencing NA types - is this an NSF fundable part of this project?



How can we efficiently assemble the literature, and How will the many nomenclatural problems be dealt with in an efficient way?



Will housing of the new collections be a problem? If so how will deal with this? Where will we house new specimens



How can we provide citizen scientists, and scientists at teaching institutions with access to cheap, fast, sequence analysis?


Session 3

Physical logistics (survey related)

David Rust. Karen Nakasone, Bart Buyck, Sharon Cantrell


What is the most efficient way to identify the parts of the continent that are least well known.  How can we best survey such areas?



How can we recruit and train additional people to provide high quality observations, data, and specimens?



Do we need to train people for specific groups, and if so what is the most efficient way to do this?



How can we use a survey effort to enhance training at both the professional and citizen science levels?


Session 4

Web and Database Issues

Barbara Thiers, Nathan Wilson, John Pickering, Scott Bates


Can we streamline the description of new species by taking advantage of the web resources?



Can we design a new model for Monographic work that allows small teams of people to assemble the monograph without sacrificing accuracy or quality?



Can we design a new model for key writing that allows small teams of people to design and update web (or smart phone) accessible keys without sacrificing accuracy or quality?



What data structures are necessary to allow pubic sites like Mushroom Observer to provide data directly to other electronic database (e.g. herbaria, CBOL, GenBank)



What is the best way to connect keys, descriptions, images, distribution maps and literature






Short summary from each group.



Discussion of funding



Final remarks