Another awesome amanita muscaria shot shared w/ us on our Facebook page by #FantasticFriend, Tyler William Shipowich.

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Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms
"Imagination is the precursor to policy, the precondition to action. Imagination, like wonder, allows us to value something." Beatrix Pot

For anyone who thinks that art and science should not and do not intersect. 

For anyone who thinks that formal classwork is required to be a scientist.

For anyone who thinks women don’t belong in science or shouldn’t do science.

Beatrix Potter’s illustrations of mushrooms are beautiful and scientifically accurate. They are worthy of attention and admiration. So is she.


The Mysterious Nature of Fungi


Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation - Carnegie Mellon University

“This exhibit gives an overview of these mysterious organisms that are found almost everywhere on this planet and are the cause of both bliss and blight. Selections from the Hunt Institute Art and Library collections illustrate subjects such as misconceptions; characteristics that create delirium, disease or death; wild and cultivated edibles; intriguing structures that quickly morph, disintegrate or use propulsion to release spores; and beneficial and parasitic relationships with other living organisms. Whatever your interest, we hope that you will come away with a new fascination and respect for fungi.”

Illustration captions:

French and Italian Truffles [Tuber melanosporum Vittadini and Tuber magnatum picoVittadini, Tuberaceae], watercolor on paper by Dorothee de Sampayo Garrido-Nijgh (1941–), 2009, 33.5 × 39 cm, HI Art accession no. 7782

Boletus calopus Fr. [Boletus calopus Persoon, Boletaceae], watercolor on paper by Aurel Dermek (1925–1989), 1965, for Dermek and Albert Pilát, Poznávajme Huby (Bratislava, Slovenskej Akadémie Vied, 1974, pl. 58), 30 × 21 cm, HI Art accession no. 6084.02

[Pilobolus Tode, Pilobolaceae], watercolor on paper by Carmen Sylvia Zocchio-Fidalgo (1941–), 54.5 × 40.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 4830,

Coprinus comatus is a common edible found in North American and European grasslands. It is a conspicuous mushroom, with a cylindrical white shaggy cap that becomes bell shaped as the mushroom matures and secretes a black liquid that is filled with spores.

Beyond its edibility when young, C. comatus fascinates me because it has been found to be a bioaccumulator of heavy metals, absorbing metals from the soil and concentrating them into the fruiting body. The implications of this are tremendous; this mushroom can potentially be used to sequester contaminants in soil.

In this latest post from the Herbarium, an NYBG intern introduces readers to the startling potential of mycoremediation. ~LM