Underground Lovers – Exploring the clandestine relationships between trees and fungi
Although little known, the roots of almost every tree in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These relationships extend beyond trees and include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. 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. Fungi build architecture in soils, aerating them and allowing water to gently percolate to deeper horizons. While often maligned by gardeners, the great majority of fungi are friends, not foes.
This illustrated and interactive seminar explores these fascinating relationships and looks at ways to encourage their flourishing in our gardens, parks and local environments.
Participants are encouraged to bring along fungi for identification.
Alison Pouliot is an ecologist and environmental photographer who works between Australia and Europe.
The full autumn 2018 workshops and events listing can be viewed here.