mushrooms of texas project

The purpose of this project is to enhance our understanding of the distribution of mushrooms and other fungi in Texas. We use an application called iNaturalist to collect and manage observations of our local fungi. Our highest priority is to collect information on the ecological and commercial value of our native edible species. However, we hope this project will lead to a better understanding of the distribution of all species in Texas and we encourage others to use this data for research and conservation purposes.

Chorioactis geaster   - This mushroom is commonly known as the   devil's cigar   or the Texas star in the United States, while in Japan it is called kirinomitake (   キリノミタケ   ).

Chorioactis geaster - This mushroom is commonly known as the devil's cigar or the Texas star in the United States, while in Japan it is called kirinomitake ( キリノミタケ ).


Circle Acres nature preserve, austin tx

We are currently collaborating with Ecology Action of Texas, a local non-profit, at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve to manage an off-the-grid research station where we host a number of different educational activities. We have a rainwater system, an outdoor classroom, workshop space, experimental greenhouse, biochar gasifiers, demonstration gardens, and active project sites where we experiment with the use of fungi for ecological restoration.

CTMS  co-founder Daniel Reyes teaching the basics of mycology to an enthusiastic group of students as part of our educational programming at Circle Acres. Photo by:  @scottdavidgordon

CTMS co-founder Daniel Reyes teaching the basics of mycology to an enthusiastic group of students as part of our educational programming at Circle Acres.
Photo by: @scottdavidgordon

Students learning about one of our project sites in which we use spent mycelium blocks from our experimental greenhouse to build soil and plant deep-rooted grasses to restore areas affected by erosion.

Students learning about one of our project sites in which we use spent mycelium blocks from our experimental greenhouse to build soil and plant deep-rooted grasses to restore areas affected by erosion.

We grow a variety of mushrooms in our experimental greenhouse. Among them we have the beautiful  Pholiota adiposa , chestnut mushrooms.

We grow a variety of mushrooms in our experimental greenhouse. Among them we have the beautiful Pholiota adiposa, chestnut mushrooms.