Welcome to the exciting world of Mycology!

Our upcoming Mycology Course Series is designed specifically for beginners like you who are eager to explore the fascinating kingdom of fungi. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a budding biologist, or simply curious about the hidden wonders of the fungal world, this course will be your gateway to understanding the captivating and diverse realm of mushrooms and their relatives.
Course Overview:
Introduction to Mycology:
- Discover the importance of fungi in nature and their roles in ecosystems.
- Learn about the basic biology and structure of mushrooms and other fungi.
- Explore the classification and diversity of fungi across different habitats.
Fungal Identification:
- Understand the essential tools and techniques used for identifying mushrooms.
- Study the main characteristics used to differentiate various fungal species.
- Participate in hands-on activities to practice identifying common mushrooms.
Mushroom Anatomy and Life Cycle:
- Dive deep into the internal structure and functions of mushrooms.
- Gain insight into the life cycle of fungi, from spore germination to fruiting bodies.
- Learn how environmental factors influence mushroom growth and development.
Ecological Roles of Fungi:
- Explore the symbiotic relationships fungi form with plants and other organisms.
- Investigate how fungi contribute to nutrient cycling and decomposition.
- Discover the mycorrhizal associations that enhance plant health.
Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms:
- Uncover the world of edible mushrooms and their culinary uses.
- Study the medicinal properties and potential health benefits of select fungi.
- Learn about responsible foraging practices and safety precautions.
Mycological Conservation and Ethical Practices:
- Discuss the importance of preserving fungal biodiversity.
- Understand the impacts of habitat destruction on fungi and their ecosystems.
- Learn about ethical harvesting and conservation strategies.
. Mycology in Agriculture and Industry:
- Examine how fungi are used in agriculture, such as biocontrol and bioremediation.
- Explore the industrial applications of fungi in biotechnology and medicine.
- Discover the potential future uses of fungi for sustainable practices.

Our Mycology Course Series will be an interactive and engaging journey, combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on activities and field trips. You will have the opportunity to connect with fellow mycophiles, share experiences, and develop a deeper appreciation for the vast and mysterious world of mushrooms.
Prepare to be amazed by the incredible diversity and importance of fungi as we embark on this enlightening mycological adventure together! Keep an eye out for registration details and join us to unlock the secrets of the fungal kingdom. See you soon!

Brodrick Wilks is a Recent University of Michigan graduate with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration; coordinated with Brilliant Detroit to host 30 Axiom student volunteers in August 2019 where they helped transform vacant lots by beautifying and cleaning up a green space and removing overgrown tree brush and weeds from community garden.