SEMINAR – From Sinister to Sublime

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From Sinister to Sublime – Fungi, Science & Conservation

Throughout history, fungi have confounded with their dubious connotations, strange appearances and peculiar habitats. Despite his remarkable contributions to science, Carl Linnaeus appears to have been terribly confused in describing fungi as thievish and voracious beggars. Today we understand that without fungi, life as we know it would be radically different. Fungi regulate the biosphere and support the earth’s ecological functioning. They feed us, delight us and cure our ills.

Yet cross continents and languages, humans remain sharply divided in their regard for fungi, with some cultures revering them and others subjecting them to the wrath of a reckless kick across the field. This has implications for the future survival of fungi. How do fungi find their way into conservation initiatives when they are overshadowed by so-called charismatic megafauna?

This interactive seminar explores how fungi are faring in both the public imagination and global conservation initiatives today. We will examine how fungi are perceived across hemispheres in conservation contexts and engage in a lively discussion of the wider implications for fungi in a rapidly changing world. Alison will also share some anecdotes from her thousand days spent in the forests of 12 countries among the fungi and their followers.

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7:30 pm

Puget Sound Mycological Society

The Center for Urban Horticulture, Univ. Washington
3501 NE 41st Street (Mary Gates Drive)
Seattle, WA 98105.