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AUTUMN 2024 MUSHROOM FORAYS & EVENTS

The Australian autumn mushroom season is drawing to a close, but there are two workshop places available in Torquay this Friday. You can book directly here. Northern Hemisphere events will be posted soon.

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MUSHROOMS

Underground Lovers nominated in Reading’s Bookshop Best Non-Fiction of 2023.

Meetings with Remarkable mushrooms listed in New Scientist Magazine’s Best Non-Fiction and Popular Science books of the year.

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MUSHROOMS reviewed by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New York Review of Books.

UNDERGROUND LOVERS has been nominated as Readings non-fiction book of the month. Read review here.

TV

NEW DAY TV USA – Alison talks with Amity Addrisi

ABC TV – Alison talks fungi with Nate Byrne.

ENTHEO TV – Alison presents Between Sex & Death

RADIO

Alison talks with Radio New Zealand 17 June 2024

Alison talks fungi with Richard Fidler 29 March 2023

NEWSPAPERS

The Monthly Reading the Mushroom June 2023

The Guardian, The Fungal Awakening 19 March 2023

Sydney Morning Herald Review of Underground Lovers 30 March 2023

VIDEOS

A new video clip from the 2023 Strathbogie Festival of Fungi by Alistair Tame.

Spineless wins an award at the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival.

A new video on a recent fungus foray in Wooragee by Stephen Curtain here.

A new video about Slow Mushrooming by Jacqui Schulz here.

PODCASTS

Alison talks fungi with Robyn Rosenfelt from Pip Magazine

BOOKS

THE ALLURE OF FUNGI – Read reviews and purchase here.

WILD MUSHROOMING – Read reviews and purchase here.

UNDERGROUND LOVERS – Read reviews and purchase here.

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MUSHROOMS – Read reviews and pre-purchase here.

FOR ALL EVENT DATES AND DETAILS PLEASE SEE HERE

Online Fungus Workshops

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UPDATE ON AUTUMN 2020 MUSHROOM WORKSHOPS & FORAYS

Given the current situation, fungus forays and workshops in the next six weeks have been postponed until 2021.

Workshops scheduled for June 2020 will be reviewed in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, a series of online workshops have been scheduled. We really hope you can join us!

MUSHROOM DISCOVERY WORKSHOP

Although the world is in lockdown, the fungi are running riot out there in the forest! The recent rains could mean we are in for a bumper fungus season. This online workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi. In the first part of the workshop participants will learn how to recognise the major fungus morphogroups; the various parts of different types of fungi; and the features used to make identifications in the field. We will then work through participants’ specimens and identify them and discuss them. Don’t forget to bring along some fungus specimens.

Further to the workshops, you might also be interested in some recent podcasts and articles as listed below.

PODCASTS & ARTICLES

RRR Uncommon Sense with Amy Mullins, listen here.

ABC Fungi for a Healthy Planet with Robin Williams, listen here.

The Age Newspaper, Fungi aplenty equals a happy garden, read here.

Sydney Morning Herald, Fungi bring life to dark places, read here.

THE ALLURE OF FUNGI, by Alison Pouliot

Read reviews and purchase here.

SUNDAY 26 APRIL, 10:00–12:00  WORKSHOP BOOKINGS FULLY BOOKED

FRIDAY 1 MAY, 2pm–4pm    WORKSHOP BOOKINGS FULLY BOOKED

SATURDAY 2 MAY, 2pm–4pm WORKSHOP BOOKINGS

COST: $20

FURTHER INFO: bookings@fungiaustralia.com

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Fungi for a healthy planet

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Big Ideas with Paul Barclay. ABC RN.

The Magic of Mushrooms recorded 10 March 2019 WOMAD Planet Talks with:

Dr Brian Pickles -Lecturer in Ecology University of Reading

Dr Alison Pouliot – Ecologist and ANU Honorary Fellow

Dr Michael Hornblow – Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Design University of Tasmania.

Gavin McIntyre Co-founder of Ecovative Design

Host- RN’s Robyn Williams

Hear the panel recording on ABC RN here.

Hear the panel recording here

The Forest of Numbers

The Forest of Numbers

 

When trees are marked with paint, usually a fluorescent cross, it means they are destined for felling. Yet these numbers were obviously painted for another purpose.

 

I soon discovered that the numbered trees are part of a scientific study to look at exchanges between trees and soils. In the interim, almost every other tree more than a few years old in this part of the forest has been felled. The numbered trees were spared for their ‘research value’ and have since taken on a new significance, a perverse reminder that we can count in two digits, the last remaining trees.

Heading South

Heading South

 

Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) breed in the forests of Russia and Scandinavia. As from September, they migrate south in the millions in search of beech nuts.

 

Migrating birds have lots to contend with. Physical objects such as television and mobile phone transmission towers obstruct their flight. But more insidiously, the effects of climate change can alter birds’ delicate seasonal clocks.

 

Warming temperatures in many regions also change plant growth patterns, throwing biological cycles out of sync. Nothing operates in isolation. Climate change can disrupt relationships and the timing of critical life events.

 

Given the expected decline of European beech due to climate change-induced drying, beech trees are expected to disappear in these low-elevation forests.

 

What then will these birds eat?

745 Bäume

745 Bäume

 

On 16 June 2017, a group of protestors who were protesting against the proposed A5–Westast Autobahn attached posters with the words ‘irreplaceable’ in French and German, to the 745 trees that will be felled should the project go ahead.

 

If you stop at just one of any of those 745 trees, gaze into it branches and recognize its worth, the enormity of the loss becomes apparent.

 

Yet some still struggle to comprehend the value of old trees, preferring lorries and concrete, noise and pollution and a fractured town.

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