The Austrian Mycological Society (ÖMG) is a learned society. It represents the practical and scientific mycology and is open to all interested persons. The ÖMG has a long history dating back to 1919 and has been open to the public since its foundation. It was even founded especially to work closely with the population, because in the founding period there was a shortage of food, so mushroom picking was crucial for nutrition and the distinction between poisonous and edible mushrooms became extremely important.
The project "Database of mushrooms in Austria" makes it possible to document the distribution of mushrooms throughout Austria. The online version of the database offers the possibility to view the distribution patterns of the more than 7,700 mushroom taxa and to retrieve the current data status with more than 370,000 find reports from over 12,000 different sites throughout Austria. In addition to the most exact location and time information possible, each data set contains important information on the habitat and substrate of the mushroom records, on the identification and scientific documentation of the mushroom reports as well as on the origin and source of the stored data, which currently amounts to more than 6 million individual data items (website of the ÖMG).
For the Austrian Mycological Society:
President of the ÖMG, Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Irmgard Krisai-Greilhuber