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Friday, August 17


From Lowly Saprobe to Mycorrhizal Masters: Amanitas (A Tale Told in the DNA)
An overview of all aspects (biology, taxonomy, chemistry, physiology) of the beautiful Amanita mushrooms of North America. Everyone is familiar with the mushrooms but how much do we really know about what they are doing in the forest? How much do we know about their history and evolution? It turns out that a recent discovery--using modern molecular biology--led to an amazing discovery about their evolutionary past. Amanitas are mycorrhizal symbionts with forest trees but come from saprobic ancestors. The story is told in their DNA. Newbies and non mycologists will not be overwhelmed; advanced mycologists will not be bored, this discussion is for everyone with lots of beautiful images.

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Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →

Friday August 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
Saturday, August 18


Psilocybin Mushrooms: Medicinal Mushrooms for the Brain and the Evolution of Consciousness

Paul will explore the history and use of “magic” (i.e. psilocybin) mushrooms, from ancient times to current uses, as therapeutic medicines. His long history with psilocybin mushrooms, covered by a DEA license, led to discoveries of several news species, and the increasing popularity of “microdosing” could have broad ramifications for increasing intelligence or decreasing the trend toward dementia as we age. Psilocybin mushrooms could prove especially important for preserving and enhancing the intellectual capital of our society—at a time critical for creative, paradigm shifting breakthroughs that are needed for us to survive the 6th greatest extinction event in which we are immersed today. 

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Paul Stamets

 ……………Now is the time for the Paradigm Shift…………  “W​e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into... Read More →

Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Telluride Conference Center Mountain Village, CO. 81435