$50 – $100

Green-Wood Cemetery Mushroom Walk and Barcoding Workshop

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140 32nd Street

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Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Genspace's Sunset Park lab is just across the street from Green-Wood Cemetery, a stunning park featuring skyline views of Manhattan and a favorite for the New York Mycological Society. Join us for a morning walk through the cemetery in search of mushroom specimens, and back to the lab where we will learn how to barcode them.

At this workshop we will perform DNA Barcoding, the process by which organisms are phylogenetically identified by comparing short sequences in their genome to similar specimens that have been previously sequenced. When paired with morphological identification, phylogenetic ID offers an improved understanding of evolutionary lineage and the potential to discover novel organisms that have not yet been described. Using fungal tissue samples from mushrooms gathered in Green-Wood Cemetery, we will overview and perform DNA extraction, isolation, amplification, verification, and sequencing.

We will meet at Green-Wood Cemetery to begin our hunt for mushrooms. At this time of year we anticipate an ample selection of Boletes, Russulas, and Amanitas. We will first perform morphological IDs on our collected specimens, before using kits to extract fungal tissue samples to be used in the lab for barcoding. Back at the lab we will go over all the steps involved in extracting DNA from our fungal samples, and while our samples are running we will learn how to use bioinformatics to build phylogenetic trees from the samples that we've collected to contribute to online research platforms.

This is a great workshop for beginners!

Craig M. Trester is a citizen scientist whose focus lies in the field of mycology, applying biomimicry and permaculture principles to develop regenerative solutions for a future which faces many challenges. By studying Fungi, he believes novel approaches towards alternative agriculture, pharmacology, and bioremediation can be realized. Outside of the lab Craig is the sole proprietor of MYC.NYC, an applied mycology educational resource based in New York City that teaches the benefits Fungi provide to our health, environment, and society to audiences on academic, research, community, and private levels.

The New York Mycological Society is a nonprofit organization committed to mycology (the study of fungi) as well as mycophagy (the eating of mushrooms). The present NYMS was reincarnated some 50 years ago by the composer John Cage and a small group of mushroom lovers and students. The NYMS is the most active mushroom club in North America, engaging its members in mycology through year-round walks, weekly mushroom study groups, the Emil Lang Lecture Series, frequent culinary events, and workshops on a wide range of subjects.

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