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Fungal biology research, conservation and education

New research grants awarded

Our 2024 Research Grants are supporting two novel projects: 'Investigating the role of epigenetic mechanisms in antifungal adaptive responses' and 'Domestication of clinical isolates of human fungal pathogens'.

Read about the research we're supporting

Local fungus groups

Fungus groups exist in many parts of the UK and are run on a voluntary basis by enthusiasts seeking to share their knowledge of fungi and improve identification skills. Groups offer a welcoming environment for newcomers and experts alike.


BMS Talks

Our online talks take place once a month and are open to everyone, at any level of interest or expertise in fungi.  Speakers cover a variety of topics including scientific research, field mycology, art, history and cuture.


BMS grants

BMS offers a number of grants to support work, study, meeting attendance and other activities in fungal biology and field mycology.


Fungal biology research articles

The BMS journals Fungal BiologyFungal Ecology and Fungal Biology Reviews feature the latest scientific research papers and discussions. 

Read about the latest research

Professor Geoffrey M Gadd

Geoffrey Gadd awarded an OBE

Professor Geoffrey M Gadd has been awarded an OBE for Services to Mycology and Environmental Microbiology in the King's Birthday Honours 2024.

Geoff is a leading scientist in geomycology, studying the roles of fungi in the environment - in element cycling, mineral dissolution and formation, and metal transformations. He is a past British Mycological Society President (2004-2007), was BMS Treasurer from 2008-2023, has been a member of several BMS committees and is currently a Senior Editor of the BMS's journal Fungal Biology.

Our congratulations, Geoff !

Front cover of Field Mycology -  May 2024

Latest issue of Field Mycology - May 2024

Inside this issue - and new to Britain!

  • Above- and below-ground detection of Phellodon secretus, a tooth fungus new to Britain.
  • Russula lapponica: first British records.
  • A new host, Anthoxanthum odoratum, for stripe smut Ustilago striiformis in Britain.

On the cover: Mycena arcangeliana, 2023. Credit: Geoffrey Kibby.

Find out more about Field Mycology

Announcing the 2024 Massee Arts Grant awardees

This year's Massee Arts Grant is awarded to two music-themed projects! 

  • 'Walking With Mushrooms' - Sarah Nicolls & Seb Bacon
  • 'Fungi Sessions: Give Voice' - Hannah Read

Read about the projects here

Join the Society

Membership of the BMS is open to all who are interested in promoting, supporting and learning about the world of fungi.

Join now and your membership will be valid until 31 December 2024. Plus, we offer a discounted fee for the first year of a new, Full Membership.

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Membership of the BMS is open to all who are interested in promoting, supporting and learning about the world of fungi.

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An annual celebration of our fungal world.
Next event: 5 October 2024

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What's on

See the programme of BMS conferences, meetings and workshops and other selected mycology-focused events.

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