Archive for April, 2015

Mushroom Hunting, a geologist’s view of

Today my partner went out mushroom hunting. Apparently this is something that some microbiologists do. However, to my surprise, this does not entail serious expeditionary setup. Imagine, they (my partner and her supervisor) just went out to look for mushrooms. Annually, mushrooms seem to kill a handful of people a year in the USA, with more in Europe. These numbers are about the same as sharks. Now, I am completely baffled by why lab-based microbiologists would engage in such a dangerous activity without getting properly kitted out. The following would seem reasonable recommendations as starting kit for mushroom hunting. I would assume that something like via Wikipedia would be the bare minimum required for hunting mushrooms. That is the elephant gun once owned by Henry Morton Stanley, and should provide enough stopping power to put a mushroom on the ground in a hurry when needed. However, if there is a group of mushrooms, such as a fairy ring, then more stopping power would probably be required. Something along this scale could be employed, with sufficient planning and a forward observer: via Wikipedia This would be enough to break up fairy rings and prevent one from getting swarmed by group of […]