Mushrooms and Poisoning

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Mushrooms and Poisoning "Why There Are No Old, Bold Mushroom Pickers" Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Black, Connie Fishbein and Greg Mueller, PhD Mushroom poisoning refers to harmful effects from ingestion of toxic substances present in a mushroom. These symptoms can vary from slight gastrointestinal discomfort to death in about 10 days. The toxins present are secondary metabolites produced by the fungus. Mushroom poisoning is usually the result of ingestion of wild mushrooms after misidentification of a toxic mushroom as an edible species. Dr. Elizabeth Black is a senior fellow in Toxicology at the Toxikon Consortium. Connie Fischbein, Poison Specialist, Illinois Poison Center at Mchc Chicago Hospital Council. Greg Mueller. PhD Vice President of Science at the Chicago Botanic Garden and formerly mycologist at the Field Museum. Recorded at Niles History Center on August 5, 2019 http://www.illinoismyco.org/

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