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About vitog

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  1. vitog

    Chicken of the woods?

    Those are definitely Chicken of the Woods and are at a very good stage for eating.
  2. vitog

    Purple mushroom?

    This is almost certainly one of the purple-capped Cortinarius mushrooms, possibly C. iodes; but it would be helpful to see the underside of the cap. You can see the diagnostic ring of rusty-brown remnants of the cortina on the stem.
  3. vitog

    Chestnut Bolete perhaps?

    It looks more like a polypore than a bolete; so P. radicata seems to be a good bet. But I'm not very familiar with eastern polypores.
  4. vitog

    Are these safe to eat?

    It looks like the poisonous green-spored parasol, chlorophylum molybdites.
  5. vitog

    Genetic Diversity

    I'm no expert on breeding mushrooms; but, from what I've found on the Internet, I think that you would have to use spores to get crosses between different strains of Shiitakes. You should be able to sprout the spores from two different strains in a petri dish and let the resulting hyphae mate to produce a new strain. You should be able to find how to do this with a bit of Web searching.
  6. vitog

    Genetic Diversity

    The mycelium and the mushrooms will have the same genome as the original cloned mushroom. The spores produced by the mushrooms will also be based on the same genome and thus will not have any genetic diversity. However, I don't know if all the spores contain the entire genome; they may contain only part of the original. Genetic diversity will only occur after the hyphae (or other structures) from the spores mate with compatible structures from different mushrooms. The mating methods vary among different species and may be quite complicated; some fungi can even mate with themselves. The point is that the genome of any offspring of the cloned fungus will only be different from the original genome after mating with a different fungus has occured.
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    Those are definitely Chanterelles, probably in the "cibarius" group, but I'm not familiar with the eastern species.
  8. vitog

    Hello from the Monti Sabini, Italy.

    There is no simple general rule that works for all of the Russulas. The only good rule is to identify them positively before eating them, which can be quite difficult. However, lots of people, especially northern Europeans, pick them all, boil them in lots of water, throw the water away, and then cook them in whatever way they want. My mother used to do that, and it usually worked fine because the toxin in them is soluble in water. However, one time she found so many that there wasn't enough water compared to the amount of mushrooms, and we all got sick. I don't think that any of the Russulas are worth picking, but other people rate them pretty high.
  9. vitog

    Hello from the Monti Sabini, Italy.

    Welcome to the forums, Phil. Unfortunately, Russula mushrooms are also hard to identify for all of us. You probably will not get much help for that genus.
  10. Flipjargendy, do you not find Shaggy Manes during spring? I found lots in April, before morels were up. I also found some early ones the year before.
  11. vitog

    my first ever mushroom identification

    Without a view of the underside, these could just as easily be Chlorophyllum, but the spore print will distinguish them from Agaricus.
  12. vitog

    Two different chicken sp. ?

    To me, the bottom photo looks like very young specimens of the upper type. I don't see any white pores; all of the white parts look like broken flesh.
  13. I tried your link, and it showed several different maps for the whole Great Lakes Central USA region. I tried the uppermost map (32 F lower threshold). It shows that all of Indiana is above 2000 DD, and the only area near 1000 DD is north of Lake Michigan. I also looked at Indiana using my link, and it generated a similar map. I see that clicking on that map brings up some different settings. That is because the default selection just below the map is for the click to generate a query. You can avoid that by selecting the zoom in button and then click on the map location that you are interested in.
  14. vitog

    Large orange capped agaric I.D.

    It looks like one of those hard-to-identify Russulas.
  15. Hi Hoosier. I tried your link and only got an Internal Server Error. I used the link shown in my March 19, 2012 post, and then clicked on the Degree-Day Mapping Calculator link in the paragraph below the maps. That link, http://uspest.org/wea/mapmkrdoc.html , has all of the settings for generating the map. These are the settings that I think should work: thresholds, lower: 32 F, upper: 130 F; calc type: Single Sine should be OK (My method is the simple average.); start date: Jan 1; end date: (as required); data from: Current Year; Region & Subregion: (as reqd - smaller area will require less computer time); Mapsize: (depends on screen size, huge for mine); Image Type: jpg; Legend: heat ramp; Resolution: original; Network Selection: all networks; Overlay: none. I just tried it for NW Washington state, and it worked just fine; although the legend was shown in an awkward manner. I'm not aware of a similar site for Canada. I use MS Access 2016 for my calculations. It's set up for copying and pasting into the database the daily weather data from the two weather stations nearest the mushroom location. The database then calculates the simple average degree-days from Jan1 to the selected date. In order to forecast degree-days to a future date, I enter forecast or average temperatures for dates after the current date.