WORKSHOP – Black Box of the Soil


Black box of the Soil – Subterranean Symbioses

Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These relationships extend beyond trees to include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. Symbioses are the secret to 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, aerate them and allow water to gently percolate to deeper horizons. As some of the first colonisers of disturbed environments, fungi play an important role in restoration and revegetation. We are in an exciting transitional time as thinking and practices around fungi and ecosystem health become better appreciated. Innovative farmers, gardeners and landcarers are looking for ways to encourage fungi in their local landscapes.

This workshop begins with an interactive session around a table full of local fungi to learn the basics of fungus identification. We will then venture into the field to search for fungi of interest.

Participants are encouraged to bring fungi along to the workshop for identification. Supplementary notes will be provided.

Signed copies of Alison’s recent book, The Allure of Fungi, will be available for purchase.

The full autumn 2020 workshops and events listing can be viewed here.


SUNDAY 31 MAY 2020

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