October 2nd Program – Ganoderma

Gano-derma means “shining skin” referring to the lacquered tops of some species.

Matthew Schink will present his findings with the polypore genus Ganoderma: what sets Ganoderma apart from other similar polypores and distinguishing features to look at in regards to identification, mainly microscopic. He will touch briefly on phylogeny and the different groups within Ganoderma, such as the artist conks and the reishi types. He will conclude with an overview of the species likely to be found in Illinois.

Matthew Schink is an independent researcher, interested in mushrooms for the last 10 years, mostly bioluminescent species.
About 5 years ago he started getting serious about mycology and the scientific aspects of fungi. When he cloned his first Ganoderma he found it difficult to properly identify it due to confusion among the species of Ganoderma. Matt has been focused on Ganoderma for the last 4 years and is building a collection of specimens he found himself and more that are sent to him from across the USA and from overseas.

Niles Historical & Cultural Center is about a tenth of a mile Southeast from the Golf-Mill Shopping center. The former sheriff’s office has parking behind the building. The meeting room is on the third floor and is accessible by elevator as well as a large staircase. Restrooms are available on first and third floors. A museum volunteer will open the building for us this evening. For public transport from the city, take the Blue Line to the Jefferson Park CTA Station, from there it is 20 minutes on the PACE #270 bus to Milwaukee and Elizabeth. The museum is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

MUSEUM TOUR: Come early for a narrated tour of the museum. The tour will begin at 6:30pm; 1 hour before our IMA meetings on all of the days we have meetings there. So, if you cannot make the tour for the next meeting, maybe you can make it for a later IMA meeting date. No worries, if you get there a little late, we will direct you to where the tour has progressed. The tour is FREE. Niles Historical and Cultural Center is a 501 (C3) non-profit, any small donations are gladly accepted. You will not be disappointed you came a little early to make time for the tour.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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