Myco Alliance is proud to partner with Two Hives Honey to bring you an entire curriculum of mycology classes, from introductory classes that focus on basic terminology, taxonomy, species identification, evolution, and ecology to the more advanced workshops for the more experienced mycologists. Read more about the offerings below, and register through their portal.
Mycology Lab 101
A practical-theoretic class on how to design and operate a small scale Mycology Lab. From introducing sterile technique and building starter laboratories, to starting cultures from of cuttings and spores, all the way up through small scale commercial spawn production. Students will learn about mycelium expansion techniques, spore printing, cloning wild mushrooms, using liquid culture, making grain spawn, and scaling up spawn production. A depth of information is presented, but the pace and language used also accommodates people unfamiliar with mushroom growing. Students receive a handout with resources and information from the class, and a starter culture of their choice (liquid culture, agar plate, or grain spawn).
Intro to Mycoremediation
Since fungi are so understudied and, at times, underrated, there is a big uphill battle to understand these one-of-a-kind organisms and all of their potential uses in environmental remediation. We will cover the ecological mechanisms of fungi that make them such great remediators, including mycelial sorption of ions, chemical break down by fungal enzymes and mycorrhizal symbiosis. Various kinds of environmental problems and contaminants will be discussed and the role fungi can play in alleviating them. Come get a sense of what mycoremediation is all about and walk away feeling better about the state of the world knowing we have fungal allies everywhere around us
Introduction to Mushrooms: The Art and Science of Mycology
An introductory class on the art and science of Mycology - the scientific study of fungi, a diverse kingdom consisting of over 5 million individual species capable of adapting to any medium or surface, both in forests and in cities.
Gardening with Mushrooms
A multitude of How-To’s for growing edible and medicinal mushrooms right along with all of your vegetables. We will cover companion plantings, mushroom mulches, simple and free mycorrhizae applications, as well as identifying common edible mushrooms already in your garden
We welcome guest speaker William Padilla-Brown, owner and operator of MycoSymbiotics, a small mycological research and spawn production business focusing on radical sustainability and Cordyceps mushroom cultivation. The presentation includes a discussion on biohacking yourself with nootropic, and adaptogenic fungi, mushrooms, sclerotia, and lichen.
Symbiosis Between Trees and Fungi
We welcome guest speaker Dr. Colin Averill, a graduate of UT's EEB PhD program, and NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University. Mycorrhizal fungi form a symbiosis with the roots of most trees on Earth. These fungal networks enable entire forests to communicate and compete, and new research shows mycorrhizal fungi are central to understanding how forests will respond to global environmental change. In this class you will learn about new research showing how these fungi connect forests, as well as new evidence that rapid global environmental change is altering our forests by manipulating the forest fungal microbiome.