Fungus Identification and Survey Training Day
The fungi of the Box and Ironbark Forests are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are a vital part of these forests, underpinning their health and resilience.
Fungi also play a critical role in the recovery of forest ecosystems following fire – stabilising soils, filtering water, nourishing plants and animals and more.
The aim of the training day is to equip participants with the basic skills and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. It will include an overview of the major groups of fungi and the features necessary for field identification; the role of fungi in ecosystems particularly following fire; and techniques for surveying fungi and recording data (written records, photographs and specimens).
The day begins with a two-hour indoor session followed by a four hour field trip to identify and survey fungi. It is suitable for locals, students, conservationists and anyone interested in surveying fungi and understanding their relationship with fire.