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The Vital Importance of Fungi

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Mushrooms are magic
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Ghost Mushrooms in Daylight (Image:Cas Liber, Wikipedia)

Fungi have been in the news quite a lot lately, with glowing ghost mushrooms attracting tourists by the hundreds to a forest at Glencoe near Mount Gambier. Last year I exhorted people to see a fungi walk and talk in a free event at Upper Sturt, and I'm told that it drew quite a crowd.

With winter upon us people are again struck by the magic of mushrooms, and The Vital Importance of Fungi is an opportunity to learn a lot more about these little critters at a free event. Come and hear the maestro of mushrooms, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher of FungiMap fame as she explains the eerie ecosystem of the fungal world.

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It's Thought That Mushrooms Were Grown Commercially in These Tunnels

While many of us see mushrooms as a harbinger of doom when they spread under a treasured tree in the garden, the maven McMullan-Fisher will show that a myriad of mushrooms is actually a good thing. These funny fruiting fungi recycle nutrients and help improve soil structure, which is extremely useful in Adelaide's sticky clay soils. And that's only one aspect of the vital importance of fungi.

If you have been on one of the free guided walks showcasing our native orchids in Belair National Park, you may be surprised to learn that native orchids are totally dependent on certain fungi to germinate naturally, and most are dependent on these fungi throughout their lives.

In this free fungi talk (you won't get to see them walk), but you will learn why they are of vital importance to our ecosystems including the bush, revegetation sites, farms and gardens. You will also find out how identify mushrooms, and how to map your discoveries on FungiMap. (Try looking in my fridge!).

The Vital Importance of Fungi talk is a free event being organised by Vale Park Our Patch, a volunteer community-based native revegetation and environmental education project along the banks of the River Torrens in Adelaide. The group are vitally enthusiastic about supporting and appreciating our environment and have developed a wildflower walk at Vale Park to show off their native orchids and grasses.

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I Wonder if Mushroom Man at Central Market is on FungiMap

This event is run in association with the Discovery Circle who have organised the popular BioBlitz Adelaide series of events. Dr McMullan-Fisher's visit and associated events are funded through a grant from the State Government's Natural Resources: Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges

For more information about this fascinating fungi talk by Fungimap's Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, head over to the Vale Park Our Patch website, or to the Discovery Circle website where you can book online for this free event.

There's no mention whether cooking tips or free samples of magical mushrooms will be provided, so I recommend having dinner before you come at 7.30pm on Friday June 30.
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Why? Fungi are fun
When: 7.30pm
Where: Vale Park Primary School
Cost: Free!
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Cheers Paula, you're welcome - I really enjoyed yours too.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 1321 days ago
Great article Dave, thanks so much for the link to my article! :)
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