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  1. I would disregard the comparison to Psilocybe cyanescens, and instead be thinking Psilocybe subaeruginosa. Apparently Psilocybe cyanescens are insanely close genetically Psilocybe subaeruginosa, hence these being reported as the former. I think if you really want to understand these differences in these specimens you need to did deeper and be thinking full genome sequencing. at the moment we cannot be certain on phenotypic variations until we compare genes. and there may even be structural mutations which are causing the split gills.
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    Importing to Tas

    It is fine to import San Pedro to tasmania. It is dealing with state customs that can be a pain. for live plants you need to have a phytosanitory certificate. some growers have these, some dont. And most people are pretty clear about whether they do or dont. Seed is another matter. I cannot say whether you are meant to have approval to send send to tas or not. but most people get their seeds. I have had more problems getting things into australia. My advise is to find people more local to you. there are some awesome collections in Tas. start there. I am returning to Tas in a couple of weeks and have some specimens for sale. PM me.
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    Mushroom ID

    yep. Leratiomyces ceres
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    well I've organised dates in the past, no one said yay or nay, and i spent a few hours reading some papers in the gardens. if people aren't going to respond i don't see the point especially when i have deadlines.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    given 19th and 20th is next weekend and there hasnt been much expression of interest. and maybe the 27th is also on the horizon. im proposing the 2nd or 3rd of june. any interest. too cold?
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    sorry yeah that was a bit confusing. Im thinking end of may for next meet up at the bot
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    That event i mentioned fell through and now looking at late june early july. So any thoughts for meet up dates?
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    There may be a conflicting event on the following weekend that everyone may be more interested in attending. i need to confirm ;)
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    I shall consult my diary then and propose a date .... 19th or 20th of May?
  10. Really sorry i cannot make this special gathering. I had commitments come up with university that could not be avoided. I have been blessed with a second chance at a research project and have an amazing opportunity to do some amazing work, and had multiple deadlines arrive just prior and after the weekend. My thoughts are with you all as you celebrate time together in memorial for Christian. Have fun and enjoy.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    is there any point organising a melbourne meet at the bot before winter creeps in?
  12. Botanika, i think you and i have discussed this idea before. I am very open to to this idea and would love to investigate it further. on one hand i suspect Psilocybe subaeruginosa may represent a very fast evolving species that has taken rapidly to Australian eucalyptus woodlands. or on the other, if it werent for Psilocybe azurescens, i would suspect it could be the case the other way. maybe it did but P. azurescens represents a speciation event outside the time frame of at least colonial movment And then there is the very close genetic similarity between P.subaeruginosa and P. weraroa, and thats where things get a little confusing, as it has been suggested that P. subaeruginosa evolved from P. weraroa. additionally P. subaeruginosa and P. cyanescens are damn near identical genetically. i think i have to review the literature again. do you have thoughts?
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    is there gona be an ega this year?

    I can confirm, that there will be no EGA outdoor symposium this year.
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    Melbourne - Cactus Carnival

    im heading along. i only wish it was south american themed rather than mexican
  15. I have been thinking about this. I would think that if you had collected a few specimens, dried them out appropriated, and then written up a herbarium style label, with species name, approximate location and habitat details etc., such that the herbarium could then create its own label with sufficient data, you would have a sufficient case to claim its for academic purposes. You have already paid to have the specimens tested, it would be a shame that the data were not available to others. i think i have made the point before though that I really dont think we will have a sufficient answer till we are doing full genome sequences at a decent depth so that someone can do some proper bioinformatics on specimens. untill then every bit helps so you are to be congratulated on your efforts.
  16. I have been meaning to make this comment for a little while. but i am very concerned with the idea that specimens are leaving the country and not being deposited with local herbariums. Its important that we support local opportunities for research, and while taxonomic work on Australian Psilocybe species is not likely to happen for a while, when someone from australia is ready to be able to it would be nice if there was a decent amount of samples ready to begin work. I dont like the idea that overseas researchers are taking possible opportunities from local researchers. In terms of getting DNA testing or sequencing done I appreciate that we have to go overseas, all uni's do the same anyway, but is important that the results are lodged with genbank so they become available then to researchers.
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    Books for sale

    Is that a hardcover copy of Ott's Pharmacotheon?
  18. any chance of a road trip from vic. otherwise can possible get to syd and travel from there?
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    Android browser options

    chrome seems good to me.
  20. a bit serious, na i find him too flippant. misquoting papers and making things sound like they agree with his research.
  21. i take everything stamets says with grain of salt these days. seems he is set on self promotion these days, maybe he has a new book ready to release.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    April is going to be busy. keep in mind there is discussion of a SAB get together in NNSW.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    sorry i missed this. would have been awesome to attend. The feline tree has a camera really close to it, so advise is to not go water the rose bushes too often. im still hoping for a march meet. but maybe best to push it back till after easter.
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    Meet up: Brisbane

    How many from here will be at Earth Frequency?