About the OMS
Founded in 1949, the Oregon Mycological Society is dedicated to:
- studying, collecting and identifying fungi
- educating members and the public about fungi
- promoting health and safety in the gathering and consumption of fungi
OMS members share an interest in the study and identification of edible and non-edible mushrooms as well as other fungi-related pursuits such as cookery, cultivation, gardening and crafts. Fungi enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join.
This comprises approximately 200 species of coral fungi. Several, such as Ramaria flava, are edible and picked in Europe, though they are easily confused with several mildly poisonous species capable of causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea; these include R. formosa and R. pallida.
OMS Scholarship Award Program for Graduate Students in Mycology
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Read about the 2013 OMS Scholarship Award recipients.
Edible or Poisonous?
There is no quick and easy test that will separate edible from poisonous mushrooms. Identify each and every mushroom you collect, and only eat those whose identification you are absolutely sure of. When in doubt, throw it out. Seek medical assistance immediately if you suspect mushroom poisoning of any kind.