Tuesday, March 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presentation by Allen Milby, Chrissie Herzog, and Jordan Metzgar
Cryptogams such as mosses, liverworts, and fungi are very understudied compared to their vascular counterparts, especially in urban forest habitats. We documented the bryophyte floras for two on-campus forests at Virginia Tech through exhaustive collecting, including 22 new records for Montgomery County. We then compared and contrasted the bryophyte flora of Stadium Woods, an old-growth stand that has been used extensively by the university, with that of Center Woods, a secondary growth forest that has experienced less frequent disturbance. Currently, we are also creating a mushroom flora for Stadium Woods and will contrast our results with other published mushroom floras. This project will document the mushrooms growing in our local forests and improve our understanding of Virginia’s fungal flora. Our fungal collections are being uploaded to iNaturalist. You can view them, add your own observations, or help us ID specimens at this link: https://bit.ly/VTfungi.
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