Richard Kerrigan – Agaricus presentation

A talk by Richard W. Kerrigan, author of the 2016 monograph Agaricus of North America.

Friday, March 25, 7:00 PM Eastern 4:00 PM Pacific

As you are aware by now, SVIMS has joined the Myco-consortium and sharing in their presentations. This is for MEMBERS ONLY and not to be shared in any way as otherwise we lose the privilege of belonging to this group.


Richard will introduce us to the Agaricus genus and how it is organized taxonomically and phylogenetically, followed by a series of interesting or representative examples of species in North America. Where possible, he’ll emphasize the Agaricus species local to the North East.

Richard W. Kerrigan was born and raised in California. He became interested in Agaricus in 1971, after meeting David Arora while both were undergraduates at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at San Francisco State University (1976, 1982, with mentor Harry Thiers), a doctorate from University of California, Santa Barbara (1989), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (1989-1991). From 1991-2017, Kerrigan held the position of Director of Research, USA, with Sylvan Inc, the world’s leading producer of cultivated mushroom spawn, where he worked on breeding improved strains of cultivated mushrooms.

His study of the diversity, taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny of wild species of Agaricus continues as a separate, independent area of research now extending over 50 years.


Trudell Tricholoma Study

Steve Trudell and several other researchers have recently released a study of Tricholoma species in BC and the US Pacific Northwest.  Steve has made the paper available to SVIMS members. You can download/view the pdf by clicking on the cover.

This is an imporant study.  Many of the Trichs that we thought were in this area have turned out not to be the same species as the European names they were first given.

Presentation / Meeting with Britt Bunyard

Lives of Fungi – A Natural History of our Planet’s Decomposers  is a new book by Britt Bunyard, the Editor-In-Chief of the journal FUNGI. He will give us a preview and tell us some of the amazing stories. He has visited us in Victoria before and you can expect something special.

Jan/March NAMA Mycophile available

SVIMS is a member of The North American Mycological Association (NAMA), the collective that unites the mycological societies on this continent.  Four to six times a year NAMA publishes its newsletter, the Mycophile, and makes it available to members of all supporting clubs.  The January-March issue was recently released.  To read it, click or tap on the picture of the cover. 

Presentation/Meeting with Paul Kroeger

February 3, 2022 via Zoom

SVIMS Annual General Meeting will start at 6:45 pm, followed by the speaker of the month, Paul Kroeger. 

He will speak about the early years of Vancouver Mycological Society and the VMS Manning Fungi Survey. Judging by his previous talks he can also be counted on for  some entertaining asides. See poster below.

The AGM resolution, notice, agenda, minutes, and President’s report have already been sent out to members by e-mail and a Zoom link will be sent to them before the meeting.