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updated by @jayke-watson: 01/13/15 09:52:34PM
Ha! I'm a bio major, right now. And I'm working at a field station studying the effects of nitrogen, and carbon on local and invasive species by studying the mycorrhizae in the roots. Most of which is arbuscular mycorrhizae.
I'm also doing work with ectomycorrhizae in the NJ Pine Barrens
It's loads of fun. But be warned. You don't spend nearly as much time out in the woods as you may think you will. Most of your time is staring down a microscope, counting to infinity.
What are you thinking about doing with mycology? Most schools make you do your undergrad in biology. Then, you might be able to focus towards ecology. Don't bother focusing on microbiology. It's mostly the study of bacteria, not fungi.
My best advice: Find someone near you who studies mycorrhizae. If you can't find that, then find someone who studies general soil ecology. Mycology has started becoming a major focus in the last 20-30 years, in soil health. So any good soil ecologist will at least know something about it.
From there, do a lot of reading. I can hook you up with some good books on the subject. Read, read read. Then, when you find someone to work with, ask if you can do your own project dealing primarily with fungi
I hear you. I guess that's why I haven't come across anything about what species or varieties grow down there.
Check out "The Fifth Kingdom" by Bryce Kendrick. I picked up a copy of the third ed. for $2. The second ed. is ok, but still claims that fungi is a kingom separate from animals. If you want the most up-to-date info, get the third.
Also, check out: "Magical Mushrooms and Mischievous Molds" George W. Hudler
"The Ecology of Mycorrhizae" Michael F. Allen
If you can find any of them cheap, look into Dr. John Dighton. He's the guy I'm working with. Apparently he's on of the big names in mycology research.
Also, look for "Mycelium Running" by Paul Stamets. He's another huge name in fungi research