Mid-American Gardener

Mid-American Gardener Podcast: Episode 18

two mushrooms in a yard

Chorophyllum molybdites Daniel B. Raudabaugh

In Episode 18 of Mid-American Gardener Podcast, host Victoria Shepherd chats with research professor Dr. Andrew Miller, who serves as Mycologist and Director of the Herbarium at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Andy is an expert on anything fungi-related, and he and Victoria talk about some of the most common spore-producing organisms found in Central Illinois gardens.

Common fungi found in gardens (photos below):

1) Chorophyllum molybdites (Vomiter)
2) Coprinus micaceus (inky caps)
3) Crucibulum lavae (bird’s nest fungi)
4) Mutinous caninus (dog stinkhorn)
5) Fuligo septica (dog vomit slime mold)
6) Laetiporus (Chicken of the Woods/Sulphur Shelf)

If you have questions on fungi in Central Illinois, Andy would be happy to hear from you. He can be reached at: amiller7@illinois.edu. And you can also get more information on the Urban Mushrooms website.

If you have questions (and include photos if you have them), we’ve got you covered. Send questions via email to yourgarden@gmail.com, or post on Facebook, or leave us a voicemail at (217) 300-8224. Who knows, we just might look to include them in a future show or podcast.

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As always, thanks for listening!


From left to right/first to last: mutinous caninus, cyathus striatus, coprinus micaceus, fuligo septica (photos courtesy of Daniel B. Raudabaugh), and Laetiporus (photos courtesy of Stacey Bennet).


Air Dates and Times

Channel Day Time
WILL-TV, Urbana Thursday 7 pm (live)
  Saturday 11 am (repeat)
WTVP-TV, Peoria Saturday 11:30 am
WEIU-TV, Charleston Sunday 1:30 pm
WSEC-TV, Springfield Saturday 11 am
WQEC-TV, Quincy Saturday 11 am
WMEC-TV, Macomb Saturday 11 am
Lakeshore PBS, Chicago/Northwest Indiana Friday 1 pm

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