Presentation Title

The Fungus Among Us

Presenter Information

Carly FournierFollow

Major

Environmental Science

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Species of fungi are some of the least researched organisms in the Amazonian rainforest. During a seven day observational study at the Inkaterra Field Station in the Department of Madre de Dios, Peru, different species of fungi and their substrates were recorded. Because resources for identification of fungi in Madre de Dios are lacking, field guides from Madre de Dios and Cristalino Natural Heritage Private Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon were used to distinguish and classify observed species. Decomposing wood in moist, dark areas was the primary substrate in which fungi were spotted. This study provides more photographic evidence of Peruvian fungi and details common locales in which they can be seen.

Community Partners

Inkaterra Association

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Fr. Stephen Mitten, S.J.

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The Fungus Among Us

Species of fungi are some of the least researched organisms in the Amazonian rainforest. During a seven day observational study at the Inkaterra Field Station in the Department of Madre de Dios, Peru, different species of fungi and their substrates were recorded. Because resources for identification of fungi in Madre de Dios are lacking, field guides from Madre de Dios and Cristalino Natural Heritage Private Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon were used to distinguish and classify observed species. Decomposing wood in moist, dark areas was the primary substrate in which fungi were spotted. This study provides more photographic evidence of Peruvian fungi and details common locales in which they can be seen.