Fungi of forests and farms
What exactly are all those fungi doing out there in the landscape?
Although little known, every eucalypt and most other trees form beneficial relationships with fungi. Fungi also make farm soils more resistant to drought and disease.
Ecologist E.O Wilson famously reminded us that it is the little guys that run the world. Fungi, along with invertebrates drive most of the ecological processes in our local landscapes. They build architecture in soils; influence hydrology; sequester carbon; recycle organic matter; provide habitats and govern energy flows.
Looking after soil fungi is vital to the health and resilience of our agroecosystems and forest ecosystems. Understanding the role of fungi in soils and ways to support and maximise their function benefits not just the soils, but all the associated organisms including humans. During this seminar we will explore the amazing diversity and significance of fungi and the ways we can encourage fungi back into our farms.