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More than just mushrooms: An introduction to fungi for beginners 21 Oct 2024

An introduction to fungi for beginners



Tutor: Ali Ashby
Date: Monday 21st October 2024
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Cost: £70
Location: Classroom

Join Dr Ali Ashby, fungal molecular biologist, on an exploration of the fungal kingdom. Fungi are vital to life on Earth as we know it. Although once grouped with plants, fungi are now recognised as a separate, and arguably one of the largest, kingdom of organisms, with over 5 million species estimated. From microscopic single celled yeasts to one of the largest living organisms on our planet, fungi can be found in just about every habitat on Earth, from the Arctic to the tropics, in the air we breathe, in seas and oceans, in the home and garden – and even as part of the human microbiome. Fungi form beneficial partnerships with plants and animals, they are our planet’s best recyclers, yet they can cause disease and devastate crops. We use fungi in our everyday lives, in food products, as medicines, to help clean up the environment, as building materials and packaging, in fashion and in cleaning products. Fungi will be essential as we move towards a more sustainable future. After all, we could not and would not survive on Earth without them.


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