Welcome to the home page of the Palouse Mycological Association
(PMA), the amateur mushroom club of Washington State University,
the University of Idaho, and surrounding area.
The Palouse Mycological Association is a relatively new club,
formed in January, 1993 by Norma Copes who served as our president
until 1995. The goal of our association is to provide opportunities
for our members to gain a better understanding of mushrooms
and related fungi through forays, presentations and fungal feasts.
We have a dedicated and highly enthusiastic core of members
and our numbers are growing each year. Our members include amateur
and professional mycologists from the Pullman - Moscow area
and the surrounding communities of the Palouse.
Our scientific advisors are Dr.
Lori Carris, associate professor at Washington State University
and Dr. Edmund Tylutki, professor emeritus of the University
of Idaho. Dr. Tylutki is the author of several books on regional
fungi, including Volumes 1 and 2 of Mushrooms of
Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, dealing with Discomycetes
and allied fungi, and non-gilled hymenomycetes, respectively.
The Palouse, once a vast, rolling grassland is now farmed with
mostly winter wheat and some lentil production. While grasslands
may not seem like optimal foray territory (unless one is interested
in smut fungi...), we are located within an easy drive of the
rich conifer forests of northern Washington and Idaho.
The PMA no longer meets regularly, but you can check for information on any Special
The PMA would like to thank Dr.
Jack Rogers and the WSU
Plant Pathology Department for sponsoring this web site.