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SVIMS Monthly Meeting
at Pacific Forestry Centre
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Speaker: Bryce Kendrick - an enthusiastic teacher of mycology as well as the author of hundreds of research publications and 'The Fifth Kingdom', a popular text book about mushrooms and other fungi:
You might assume that the enumeration of fungi involves painstaking, time-consuming collection and identification of individual fruit bodies. Bryce’s talk will explore how newly developed techniques involving the mass extraction and sequencing of DNA are changing that.
Bryce Kendrick has lived near Sidney on Vancouver Island for many years, following his retirement from the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo. Although best known as an authority on fungi, Bryce is a generalist, with a broad spectrum of interests ranging from birds to coral reefs, and he is deeply involved in the environmental movement, spending much time and energy destroying broom, gorse and other invasive aliens in local conservation areas.
Bryce was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1979, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1981. He received the 'Distinguished Mycologist' award of the Mycological Society of America in 1995, and was elected a Centenary Fellow of the British Mycological Society in 1996. In 2001 he was the invited keynote speaker at the Mycological Society of Japan annual meeting in Tokyo, and in June 2001 received the Lawson Medal of the Canadian Botanical Association.
He has studied fungi for over 65 years, and has authored over 300 mycological publications, including several books. Bryce's research and that of his 25 graduate students probed many aspects of the fungi - their systematic relationships, their ecology on land, in the air, and in water, the development of their reproductive structures, the effects of toxic substances on them, and their intimate symbiotic associations with plants.
For more information on Bryce check out http://www.mycolog.com
Join us for this very intriguing presentation.