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  • copperweaver 8:17 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink  

    I did find a bit more information and a warning about handling Onygena corvina on another web site. http://johandierckx.aminus3.com/image/2010-12-08.html

    This is the warning from the above url “But because the species is specialized in infecting keratin it can be really dangerous to touch the species: our fingernails are mostly made of translucent keratin !”

    I wonder if these fungi could be useful with proper precautions…?

  • copperweaver 6:45 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Onygena corvina   

    ‘Onygena corvina’ seems like a good candidate for the mushroom death project. Here is a description from “Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Timber Press Field Guide”

    “Onygena corvina- Albertini and Schweinitz

    Small mushroom structures with a cap and stipe are found in several groups of ascomycetes, for example, the fruitbodies of Cordyceps, Vibrissea, and Mitrula, and the club-shaped earth-tongues. Though similar in appearance to these fungi, the very small fruitbodies of Onygena species differ in that the cap surface breaks into a powdery spore mass at maturity. The two most common species are O. corvina, which occurs on owl pellets, bird carcasses, hair, and wool, and O. equina, found on the decaying horns and hooves of cattle and sheep. Onygena corvina reaches at most 2.5 cm (1 in.) in height, and has a whitish stalk and an ocher to light brown cap. These fungi are widely distributed but infrequently collected because of their small size and occurrence on animal remains, which are avoided by most mushroomers.

    Trudell, Steve; Ammirati ,Joe (2009-09-01). Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Timber Press Field Guide (Kindle Locations 5571-5578). Workman Publishing. Kindle Edition.”

    Does anyone have any experience with this fungi?

  • copperweaver 6:02 am on December 14, 2011 Permalink  

    I recently read Paul Stamets book ‘Mycelium Running; how mushrooms can help save the world’, and was so inspired by what I read. I was even more inspired when I learning about the Infinity Burial Project from the Ted Talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee.html. Death, Decomposition and the cycles of birth and life they feed, have always been on my mind…. I learned to see great beauty in decay, inherent in the interconnected cyclic nature of life and death. The dead provide food, materials and energy for the fungi and microbes that do most of the decomposition in nature, releasing the elemental building blocks back into the environment, making them available for new life forms to utilize. It does not get more elegant or beautiful than that……. I find the best way to share my excitement for decomposition is by talking about kitchen compost. By starting with something that is not as scary as death, you can illustrate the same interconnection in a less personal way, then build on the idea from there…. bring the composting of human waste and eventual human bodies into the conversation…. It’s so bizarre to me that we discard the organic elemental resources found in dead bodies and human waste.

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