North Carolina Botanical Garden


Introduction to Mushrooms

with H. Van Cotter, Mycologist

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Date: Saturday, October 5

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $70 ($63 Members)


This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. No prerequisites. 


Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home.


There will be a half-hour break (so bring your lunch!).


Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 10/4/2019 EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Van is a mycologist focused on fungal taxonomy and ecology including the relationships of fungi,  both pathogenic and mutualistic, with plants.   Van's passionate interest in fungi began when he was assistant manager on a fruit tree farm in Michigan watching beautiful cherries succumb to fungal brown rot. Between stints on the fruit farm, he took Introductory Mycology at the University of New Hampshire and his future path studying and working with fungi was set.  For his graduate degrees he studied beech bark disease in New England and then boletes (friends of the forest) in Nepal under a Fulbright Grant receiving a PhD from Virginia Tech. His career in the Crop Protection Industry with American Cyanamid, BASF and FMC in the US and Germany was focused on discovering new materials to control fungal diseases, plant parasitic nematodes and insect pests. In retirement besides some consulting, Van has been active as a volunteer in mycological teaching, research and fungal herbarium curation at Duke, NCSU, UNC, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Van also serves on Farmer-to-Farmer assignments around the world in mushroom cultivation, crop protection and management of mycorrhizae in forest nurseries.

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