SEMINAR: The Rise of the Fungi
The scent of the prized Périgord truffle is somewhere ‘between sex and death’, according to one Australian forager. Fungi confound with their strange odours and appearances, peculiar habitats and dubious connotations. Across continents and languages, there are those that revere them and those that dismiss them with a reckless kick across the paddock. While there are very few poisonous mushrooms, they are also feared and misunderstood.
Fortunately, more and more people are now realising that, without fungi, life would be radically different. Fungi regulate the biosphere and support the earth’s ecological functioning. They provide us with food, wine and medicine. They are perplexing and enchanting.
Photographer and ecologist Alison Pouliot is passionate about fungi and she writes about them with both wide experience from research across the world and an intense appreciation of their astonishing beauty.
This talk and presentation will be followed by a discussion led by Jennifer Alden, about foraging and enjoying the world of fungi right here in our own region.
Further mushroom events, workshops and forays are listed here.