The fungal collections date from the 1880s and consist of approximately 100,000 specimens, plus more than 160,000 lichens. About 10% of the specimens are of Minnesota fungi; the remainder are from North America and elsewhere.

Intensive scientific investigation of Minnesota fungi occurred from about 1885 to 1910 supported by the Geological and Natural History Survey of Minnesota. Collections made between 1910 and 1960 focused on plant disease fungi. Renewed interest in documenting fleshy fungi began in the 1960s and has expanded in recent years with the increased emphasis on the analysis of biodiversity.

Major Groups of Fungi

Impacts of New Knowledge on Mushroom Phylogeny

Diversity and Distribution in Minnesota

Fungal Taxonomy

Type Collection

History of the Fungal Herbarium

Photo Gallery

Mushroom Hunting Resources

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Stanton, Interim Curator of Lichens and Bryophytes

Peter Kennedy, Interim Curator of Fungi

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas

Over 400,000 scientific records and up to 175,000 high-resolution images make up our extensive online database.

This searchable interface integrates data on birds, mammals, fishes, plants, and fungi to provide public collections access and enhance agencies' capacity to perform a range of activities from biological surveys to conservation planning.