Author presentation: Michael Beug

Local mycologist Michael Beug will discuss Ascomycete fungi and his newly published reference book, “Ascomycete Fungi of North America.” Ascomycete fungi — which include morels and truffles — are among the most sought-after by mushroom enthusiasts and chefs. Local mycologist Michael Beug will be discussing these beautiful, complex and oftentimes delicious members of the fungi kingdom on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m., at the Hood River Library. Beug’s talk will highlight his newly published reference book “Ascomycete Fungi of North America.” Approximately 75 percent of all fungi that have been described to date belong to the phylum Ascomycota. They are usually referred to as Ascomycetes and are commonly found and collected by mushroom enthusiasts. Ascomycetes exhibit a remarkable range of biodiversity, are beautiful and visually complex, and some, including morels and truffles, are highly prized for their edibility. Many play significant roles in plant ecology because of the associations that they form. Thus it is remarkable that no book dedicated to describing and illustrating the North American Ascomycetes has been published in more than 60 years, until now with the publication of “Ascomycete Fungi of North America.” Michael Beug started mushrooming in 1969 in graduate school after taking an adult education class. Three years later as a professor at The Evergreen State College he began photographing fungi. His photographs now have appeared in roughly 30 books and articles on mushrooms. He has been a member of the North American Mycological Association since 1974. In retirement, Beug still looks forward to talking to mushroom clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The program is free and open to the public. For more info contact the Library District at 541-386-2535 or, or visit


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