Dirt Matters – A journey in the mycobiome
We now know there is a greater biomass of living microorganisms within than above the soil. Modern industrial agriculture with its intensive use of chemicals, fertilisers and mechanical disturbance has largely eliminated these organisms. However, innovative biological farmers are turning things around through ‘ecological intensification’ – that is, by fostering the microbes within soils with the aim to reduce fertiliser, irrigation and tilling practices. Central to this is an understanding of how symbioses between plants, fungi and other organisms function.
This workshop provides an overview of the vital significance of fungi in soils and the important roles they play in providing soil architecture, retaining water, increasing nutrient availability and maximising ecosystem resilience. This is especially pertinent in the context of a changing climate.
The workshop includes an interactive and hands-on session around the specimen table followed by an exciting foray through the local forest to search for species of interest.
This workshop is kindly sponsored by Up2Us Landcare Alliance.
Further workshops can be viewed at this link.