Curry Punk & Jelly Brain – Re-enchanting the World of Fungi
It seems we are in something of a ‘fungal awakening’. Fungi and their subterranean alliances are capturing imaginations and foragers are rediscovering the joys of wild-foraged food. Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These mutually beneficial relationships are the secret to their success in our highly variable climate and nutrient-deficient soils.
Fungi not only help plants access water and nutrients, but also increase their resistance to drought and disease. They build architecture in soils, aerating them and allowing water to gently percolate to deeper horizons. While often maligned by gardeners, most fungi are friends, not foes.
Ecologist, photographer and author Alison Pouliot has straddled both hemispheres for over two decades. This enables her to experience two autumns each year and a double dose of fungi. In this illustrated and interactive seminar Alison will explore the fascinating lives of these misunderstood organisms and will include some excerpts from her book The Allure of Fungi in which she interacted with fungi and their followers in the forests of a dozen countries.
Signed copies of Alison’s books, The Allure of Fungi and Wild Mushrooming will be available for purchase.
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