Unruly renegades – Exploring the fungi of Woowookarung
Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These clandestine 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. Despite this, ‘the third F’ slips through ideas about nature and conservation that focus on flora and fauna.
Unruly fungal renegades contravene the frameworks we use to understand life. However, they might also inspire the innovative thinking needed to navigate an uncertain future.
In this illustrated and interactive seminar Alison will share insights from two decades spent in the forest with fungi, both locally and across hemispheres
Signed copies of Alison’s books, The Allure of Fungi and Wild Mushrooming will be available for purchase.
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WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 2022
Eureka Centre, Stawell Street, Eureka, Ballarat