NAMP Awards 35 Sequencing Grants to Mycoflora Projects

The North American Mycoflora Project, Inc. (NAMP) created a Mycoflora Fund to subsidize sequencing by amateurs.  It was launched with $20,000 from the professional association, Mycological Society of America, and a gift of $10,000 from Paul Stamets and Dusty Yao made through the amateur association, North American Mycological Association (the latter funds are restricted to NAMA-affiliated clubs). On May 15th, the Mycoflora Citizen Science Committee made the first sequencing awards to 35 projects. These initial awards fund sequencing of 30 fungal specimens for each project, with funds distributed directly to sequencing labs on receipt of tissue samples.  The results from these citizen science-based sequencing efforts will form the initial backbone of the North American Mycoflora dataset.

The first funding round includes projects sponsored by mycological clubs, by private individuals, as well as by an undergraduate collegiate course. Most projects will focus upon a defined geographic area. Projects focusing on a state or province include New York, Quebec, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, California, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. Projects dealing with a particular taxonomic group will focus on Amanita, Russula, Inocybe, Hygrophoraceae, and Boletaceae, among others. One project is even dedicated to sequencing macrofungi that are popularly used in the dying of fabric; specimen vouchers will include samples of the dye produced from that specimen.

In addition to projects sponsored through the Mycoflora Fund, NAMP also provides sequencing services for self-funded, citizen science based projects. These projects are typically sponsored by regional mycological societies or by private citizens working in collaboration with their communities.

The next application deadline for sequencing awards is September 15, 2018.  All mushroom enthusiast individuals and clubs are welcome to register a local mycoflora project and apply for grants.  More information on the application process can be found at www.mycoflora.org/participate/apply-for-funding.

 

– By NAMP Staff

About North American Mycoflora Project

NAMP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are working towards a single goal - the development of the first comprehensive mycoflora of North America. This project is a consortium of citizen scientists and professional mycologists performing a biological survey of all the macrofungi that occur in North America.

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