Wild Desires and Treacherous Gratifications – Mushroom Discovery Workshop
What are all those fungi doing there in the forest?
How do they help forests function?
Why do fungi provoke both intrigue and disdain?
This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Wombat Forest but also within wider Australian and global contexts.
This foray includes an interactive session on the basics of fungus identification, where participants will get to handle, examine and identify various fungi. Participants will also learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungi will be discussed in regard to their ecological roles and also cultural aspects such as edibility and toxicity.
We will then partake in an exciting two hour foray through various local ecosystems to search for species of interest. Supplementary notes are also provided.
Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for identification at the workshop.
And by the way, ‘treacherous gratifications’ is borrowed from John Farley, who in 1784 in The London Art of Cookery referred to mushrooms as such.
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