MSSF Annual Fungus Fair

The Mycological Society of San Francisco is pleased to have the following presentations at the 2019 Fungus Fair.


Eugenia Bone: Microbia

In this talk Eugenia explores how one can “see” the microscopic realm, a topic from her book, Microbia. Ecosystems are defined by the observer. Substitute a thimble of soil or an inch of human gut for Yellowstone Park, and you find that microbes function in their spaces according to the same rules of ecology as charismatic animals in the park. If we look at microbial life from this ecological point of view,  it is possible to anticipate how they will behave under difference circumstances, like whether you till a field or eat a Big Mac. It’s seeing, without looking.

Eugenia Bone Eugenia Bone is a critically acclaimed journalist, with an emphasis on nature and food, and former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Her books include Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Inside You, Mycophilia, The Kitchen Ecosystem, At Mesa’s Edge, Italian Family Dining, and Well Preserved. Her books have been nominated for a variety of awards, including a Colorado Book Award and James Beard Award, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, among others. Eugenia has lectured widely, in venues like the Denver Botanical Garden and the New York Pubic Library, and been on radio and in podcasts many times, most recently, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge.” Visit her at eugeniabonebooks on Facebook, #eugeniagbone, and on her website.

Past Fairs

The Mycological Society of San Francisco has been hosting 1 or 2 Fungus Fairs each year since 1969. Fairs have been held in San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Marin County. Historical information is available about previous Fungus Fairs: