Underground Lovers – Exploring the clandestine relationships between trees and fungi.

Although little known the roots of almost every tree in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These relationships extend beyond trees and include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. These mutually beneficial relationships are the secret to their 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. Fungi build architecture in soils, aerating them and allowing water to gently percolate to deeper horizons. While often maligned by gardeners, the great majority of fungi are friends, not foes.
Join ecologist and environmental photographer Dr Alison Pouliot in an illustrated and interactive seminar as she explores these fascinating relationships and shares her knowledge on ways to encourage fungi to flourish in our gardens, parks and local environments.

Participants are encouraged to bring along fungi for identification. Please Note: Fungi can only be collected from participants private property and cannot be from public land or roadsides as a permit is required to collect fungi on public land.

Venue: River View Room - The Grand Hotel
Time: 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start
Bookings: No bookings required

Further Information:
In the event of extreme weather, including a Total Fire Ban or Code Red Fire Danger Day, the seminars and field trips will not go ahead.
For more Information: email csadmin@manningham.vic.gov.au or phone 9840 9326

This seminar is a part of the 2018 Environmental Seminars presented by Manningham Council.

Wednesday 02 May 2018,
7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
The Grand Hotel
110 Yarra Street
w VIC 3113