September 28th - Fungus foray, Killynether Woods.

Leader; Alistair McCracken

16 members gathered at Scrabo, to explore Killynether woods.

To begin with, the woods seemed very dry, and we struggled to find any fungi. Alastair took the opportunity to update us on the state of Ash dieback disease in the Province. This, which is due to fungal infection with Chalara fraxinea, has been identified in 88 locations in Northern Ireland – and so far all are in trees imported in the past five years. While this is encouraging, in Denmark 95% of the ash trees have been affected, and work there suggests that just 1% of the population is resistant (not immune).

Another and potentially even worse threat is the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), a beetle which is attacking ash in the Pacific northwest, but has not reached Europe as yet. These could be a national disaster as Hurleys are made of Ash!

In this dry part of the wood, we thought we might have to make do with the small Candlesnuff fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon,  but on a more shaded slope with rotting timber, things improved

The two pictured on the left engendered much discussion - (Mycena inclinata and unidentified?).

The best fungi were below and growing on the trunks of the beech trees - Artist’s bracket Ganoderma applanatum and Porcelain fungus Oudemansiella mucida grew low and high on the beeches. Dryad’s saddle Polyporosa squarrosa was at the base of the trees, as was the Orange-peel fungus, Aleuria aurantica.

An enjoyable outing, but disappointing in the total number of species we found - it is not often that the Club has to complain that weather is too dry.

Liam McCaughey

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Xylaria hypoxylon

Porcelain fungus Oudemansiella mucida

Artist’s bracket Ganoderma applanatum

Dryad's saddle Polypora squarrosa

Orange-peel fungus Aleuria aurantica

Mycena inclinata?


Porcelain fungus

Oudemansiella mucida