Corvallis Science Pub explores the mushrooms of Marys Peak


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fall rains bring out wild mushrooms in abundance, supporting a fast-growing industry, which exports products worth more than $6 million in Oregon. 

Steve Carpenter will dig into the bounty at the root of this business at the Corvallis Science Pub on November 13. Science Pub begins at 6 pm in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public.

Come and learn about what mushrooms are, how they make a living, how to identify them and the different types that thrive on Marys Peak. Grass Roots Books will have copies of Carpenter’s book, “Mushrooms of Marys Peak and Vicinity,” for sale.

The president of Pacific Analytical Laboratory in Philomath, Carpenter teaches mushroom identification classes locally and provides mushroom science lectures and workshops yearly at the Yachats Mushroom Festival.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as the bond between people and dogs and the surprising history of leavening agents are available at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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