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Mycena margarita

Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS) engages community scientists in documenting fungal diversity to protect fungi in a world of climate change and habitat loss.

 

FunDiS is a nonprofit 501C(3) organization that aims to “bring fungi to the conservation table,” on a par with plants and animals; to help protect fungi and their habitats.

Fungi make up one of life’s kingdoms – as broad a category as “animals” or “plants” – yet we’ve documented less than ten percent of species. Today, fungi are under threat like never before, from habitat loss, pollution and climate change, and species are undoubtedly going extinct faster than we can catalog and map them.

FunDiS equips community (aka citizen) and professional scientists with the tools to document the diversity and distribution of fungi and their habitats across North America. These data are critically important for land managers to protect fungi and conserved lands for the benefit of humans and ecosystems.

FunDiS's Vision: a world in which the fungal kingdom is fully documented, understood, appreciated, utilized, and protected.

FunDiS's Mission: to increase scientific knowledge and public awareness of the critical role of fungi in the health of our ecosystems and to better utilize and protect them in a world of rapid climate change and habitat loss. We do this by equipping community scientists, working with professionals, with the tools to document the diversity and distribution of fungi across North America.



You can get involved with FunDiS in a few ways:

Level 1.  Document:  Create high quality observations on iNat and/or Mushroom Observer. Get started.

Level 2.  Sequence:  In addition, submit tissue for DNA sequencing and interpret results. More info.

Level 3.  Voucher:  In addition, preserve well-documented, dried specimens in curated fungaria. More info.

Level 4.  Super User:  In addition, learn DNA technology, teach others how to analyze DNA results and create phylogenies; perhaps even describe new species. More info.


READ:  A four-tiered model for crowdsourcing fungal biodiversity citizen science

About Fungal Diversity Survey

FunDiS is dedicated to a world in which the fungal kingdom is fully documented, understood, appreciated and protected.