Turkey Tail, the Fungus

Turkey tail fungusTrametes versicolor.  It’s better known by its common name, turkey tail.  Looking at the colors and pattern of the fruiting bodies, it’s easy to see the resemblance, making it the perfect way to say “Happy Thanksgiving” from Plant Pathology.

Turkey tails are found in Ohio, and throughout North America, on logs and wood (they are important decomposers > More info).  This fungus is also a bit famous for its anti-cancer properties. An internet search for “turkey tail funugs” will return several articles in this regard.

These mushrooms can even be made into jewelry > Yes look here

Intrigued? The Department of Plant Pathology offers several courses that cover fungi.  In Spring 2014, Molds, Mushrooms and Mankind (PLNTPTH 2000) is a general education course for non-science majors (natural science – biological science w/o lab) > Read more


A mockingjay on my door

mockingjayI found a good article with career advice centered on Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the Hunger Games.  As academic coordinator in the Department of Plant Pathology, I often help students with career advice, so it was good material to post on my office door (e.g., it’s good to volunteer, be a strong leader, etc.).

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting with a student, and after a nice chat about graduate programs, she said, “Is that a mockingjay on your door?”

I had to think a moment about the mockingjay (shown here), a symbol of rebellion in the books/movies, then I remembered the career article on my door and laughed, “Oh yes!  This is a good article, too!”

So . . . to commemorate the release of Catching Fire, here’s to Katniss: