Learning about Mushrooms

Jamie Heap
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Microbiologist Boyle provides educational workshop

WALLACE-What do an Oyster, Lion’s Mane and Shiitake all have in common? According to microbiologist David Boyle, they are all types of mushrooms.

“Growing mushrooms has been a hobby of mine for thirty-years as a sideline to my career in microbiology,” stated Boyle, whose father, the late Willard Sterling Boyle, shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics with George E. Smith for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit—the charged-couple device (CCD).

For the past decade or so, Boyle has introduced people to the amazing world of mushrooms, something he did this past Saturday at the Wallace and Area Museum.

The thirteen participants who took part in Boyle’s workshop this past Saturday at the Wallace and Area Museum learned how fungi such as mushrooms promotes healthy plant growth, controls insect pests and degrades pollutants as well.

Participants took home an inoculated log that will produce Shiitake mushrooms.

For more information about the Nova Scotia Mycological Society, whose motto is fungi, fun and forays, visit them online at www.nsmushrooms.org

 

Organizations: WALLACE, Area Museum, Nova Scotia Mycological Society

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