Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lichen Roll

I recently came up with another dish featuring both fungi and algae. Inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, I call my creation the 'Lichen Roll.'  It's basically a standard sushi roll (wrapped in seaweed, the algae), but stuffed with Shiitake mushrooms (the fungi).  

After putting down the rice on the seaweed, I added the mushrooms.

After also adding crab (optional), I rolled it all up tightly.

The roll was sliced and served with ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce on the side.

Let me know if you try the Lichen Roll any time soon... and don't forget to savor the flavor of fungal/algal symbiosis in your mouth!

Monday, June 11, 2012

New taxa from NYBG

A new press release recently came out from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) highlighting discoveries of new taxa during the year 2011. Specifically mentioned in the release is the description of the orders Trapeliales and Sarrameanales from my Phytologia paper published last year. Additional taxa that I described (either published or in press in 2011) include Punctelia eganii and Lepidostroma vilgalysiiThis release is now being picked up by other websites, such as Science Daily.

- Brendan



Hodkinson, B. P., and J. C. Lendemer. 2011. Punctelia eganii, a new species in the P. rudecta group with a novel secondary compound for the genus. Opuscula Philolichenum 9: 35-38.
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Hodkinson, B. P., and J. C. Lendemer. 2011. The orders of Ostropomycetidae (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota): Recognition of Sarrameanales and Trapeliales with a request to retain Pertusariales over Agyriales. Phytologia 93(3): 407-412.
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Hodkinson, B. P., J. K. Uehling, and M. E. Smith. 2012. Lepidostroma vilgalysii, a new basidiolichen from the New World. Mycological Progress 11(3): 827-833.
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