Welcome to The Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society
"The Apple is the fruit of the apple tree,
Mushrooms are the fruit of the mycelium,
Beer is a fruit of yeast,
Spores are the fruit of mold!"
-Richard F. Progovitz
The Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (S.V.M.S.) is a
non-profit organization and was founded in 1992 by ten people
in the south central New York State region who had a common interest in mushrooms. Over a decade
later, our club is thriving and our membership fluctuates between seventy and
ninety members each year.
A Wealth of Knowledge
Most of our activities are in Broome and Tioga counties in New York, and Susquehanna county in Pennsylvania.
S.V.M.S. is charter member of North America
Mycological Association (N.A.M.A.) and
Northeast Mycological Federation (N.E.M.F.). Both of these
organizations are comprised of almost all of the Mycologists in the Western Hemisphere. We
have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. You could have that also.
Look, Learn and Laugh
"If you are not finding mushrooms, you are not on your hands and knees"
coauthor of "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America and Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"
Join our club and walk the mycologically
rich forests of New York and Pennsylvania with us. We have three to four annual
forays from the spring through
the fall each year. These forays offer you a chance to learn more about the local varieties
of fungi and enjoy the company of fellow mushroom minded people.
Feel Right at Home
Our membership spans all knowledge levels, from the novice to the
seasoned expert. You will not feel out of place, whatever your level of experience.
Our members also come from a wide range of backgrounds. You will find that you have much in common
with quite a few S.V.M.S. folks.
2012 Foray Pictures
The ads have been removed from the 2012 foray pics.
ALL of 2013 Foray dates posted
Check out the foray page to see all the 2013 dates.
ALL of 2012 Foray pics are Online
Check out the photos page to see all the 2012 pictures.
ALL of 2011 Foray pics are Online
Check out the photos page to see all the 2011 pictures.
ALL SVMS Foray Dates Set
Check out the foray page to see all the 2012 dates.
Most SVMS Foray Dates Set
Check out the foray page to see the 2012 dates.
Pics are up one the site
Pictures for the 2011 spring and first summer foray are up on the site.
Check out the photos section to see the new pictures.
NEMF 2011 video.
Here is the link to the NEMF 2011 video for the foray at Paul Smith's
I am a graduate student at Duke University in Rytas Vilgalys' mycology lab. I
first became involved with NAMA during my undergraduate work at La Crosse,
Wisconsin with Tom Volk and was impressed with how active NAMA members are in
going out and collecting mushrooms and how proficient many are at taxonomy.
For my PhD thesis I am interested in deciphering the parasitism that leads to
aborted Armillaria (formerly known as aborted Entoloma). However, to do this
I need extensive sampling throughout North America so I can track which
species of Armillaria are involved in which regions. This is where I hope NAMA
members might be of assistance! These mushrooms will start appearing over the
next few months and I would be most grateful if mushroom hunters would keep an
eye out for me and send any specimens they collect. I've attached a flyer with
more information and my contact information if you would like to distribute it
to your club members.
Thank you so much for your time. This project is not possible without the
cooperation and assistance of clubs such as yours and I appreciate these
efforts very much.
Check out the "Wanted Poster" (pdf) for more information.
You can also contact
Amanita phalloides research
Benjamin Wolfe, a PhD student at Harvard in the Pringle Lab in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
needs our help. That lab is conducting a comprehensive biogeographical survey of the mushroom producing fungus Amanita
the world to answer questions regarding the potential introduction and spread of A. phalloides in North America.
It is thought that A. phalloides may be acting as an "invasive species" in North America, and they are trying to confirm
or refute this idea by observational and experimental work in their lab. They are now conducting a biogeographical survey
on the East Coast,
where there have been known introductions of A. phalloides. Check out their "Wanted Poster" (pdf) for more information.
You can also contact
or his research advisor .
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