compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, July, 2013
The University of North Carolina Herbarium
(NCU) has catalogued about 90 fungal specimens collected by Johannes
Rick. As we continue to catalog our
collection, it is likely that many more will be found. NCU has at least one fungal specimen that
he collected in Austria (NCU-F-0010682, Polyporus caesius collected in Feldkirch in 1897).
However, most specimens at NCU were collected in the Brazilian state
of Rio Grande do Sul, in the towns of Nova
Petropolis (frequently abbreviated as “N.P.”) and Sao Leopoldo (frequently
abbreviated to “Sao Leop.”).
“Rick was a schoolteacher in Feldkirch [a medieval city in the state of Vorarlberg in
Austria] from 1894 to 1898 before becoming a theology student in Valkenburg (Netherlands) from 1899 until 1902. After moving to Brazil in 1902, he as a
teacher until 1915, then a social worker from 1915 to 1929, and finally
Professor of theology until 1942.”4
Images of specimen labels of NCU’s fungal
collection are available online via mycoportal.org
According to the Harvard Herbaria database of
botanists, other herbaria that hold Rick’s specimens include PACA, B, BPI,
CUP, FH, IAC, IACM, K, MICH, PC, R, RB, S, SFPA and SI.2
Johannes Rick, S. J.
Neves, Maria Alice (2010) The 1st Rick Foray. The Fungal Forum for Mycological Science
The 1st Rick Foray was organized by
Maria Alice Neves and Clarice Logercio
Leite, from the Universidade
Federal de Santa Catarina, and was supported by the Programa
de Pos-Graduacao em Biologia Vegetal at UFSC… On the morning of 2 October
 the group (23 professional mycologists and students) gathered to
collected at Unidade de Conservacao
Ambiental Destrerro, a
fragment of secondary Atlantic Forest owned by UFSC. Following the collection trip, the
specimens were identified by the participants and are now deposited at FLOR.
The event is named in honor of the priest
Johannes Rick… one of the first individuals to study mycology in Brazil, and
worked mostly in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Between 1903, when he moved to Brazil from
Austria, and 1946, the year he died in Brazil, Rick collected in numerous
regions in the southern part of the country.
During this time he collaborated with many well-known mycologists,
including Curtis Gates Lloyd, Heinrich Rehm, Giacopo Bresadola, and Hans Sydow. The
publications about Brazilian fungi, which resulted from these collaborations,
were some of the first to discuss the mycological diversity of Brazil. Many people consider Johannes Rick the father
of Brazilian mycology. His largest
collection of specimens, Fungi Rickianiii, is deposited at PACA, in Sao Leopoldo,
Rio Grande do Sul.
The Rick Foray will be an annual event to
search for, and discuss, new and interesting macroscopic fungi that occur in
Southern Brazil. The event is open to
mycologists (professional and students) interested in the diversity and
taxonomy of fungi. The Foray will take
place in a new location in Southern Brazil (Parana, Santa Catarina, Rio
Grande do Sul) each year and will include a
collecting trip as well as open discussions and talks where current ideas
about mycology are shared.
of the 1st Rick Foray, 01-X-2010. Photo by Silvia Venturi.
A list of Johannes Rick’s publications
would be welcome! Please contact Carol
Ann McCormick at the University of North Carolina Herbarium if you have
information concerning this!
1. Torrend, Camille
(1918) Le Rev.
Pere Johannes Rick, S. J. Mycological Notes 53: 750-751.
2. http://kiki.huh.harvard.edu/databases/botanist_search.php?mode=details&id=28852 accessed on 12 July 2013.
3. Neves, M.A. 2010. The 1st
Rick Foray. The Fungal Forum (www.thefungalforum.com). TECC Editora. First published on 11-XI-2010. Last updated on