Poisonous or not? UBC researcher developing mushroom app

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Mary Berbee, a professor in the department of botany, is responding to the increased interest in mushroom foraging by developing an app in collaboration with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, B.C. Centre for Disease Control, regional mushroom clubs, and UBC’s Peter Wall Institute Institute for Advanced Studies that will help collectors identify mushrooms. Photo: Paul Joseph/UBC

A UBC botany professor is working on a new tool to help foragers avoid potentially dangerous mushrooms in the province.

"Mushrooms don't have a whole lot of characteristics that you can use to distinguish them," said Mary Berbee as part of a release from the school.

Berbee says the idea for the app is a response to an increased interest in foraging.