Without fungi, life as we know it would end: dead trees and leaf litter would not decay, carbon and nitrogen wouldn’t be recycled, the soil wouldn’t hold together, 90% of Australian plants would be stunted or die and many small mammals would starve.
IAN BELL will cover some of the vital ecological roles fungi play and will show some of the great diversity and beauty of Australian fungi in photographs brought to life with time-lapse photography.
Individual photographs can be very beautiful but adding the dimension of time adds drama and reveals growth too slow for the eye to see. You don’t need to be a David Attenborough. It is not difficult or expensive, it just requires a little preparation and a lot of patience. Ian will show you how and provide a simple guide. Finally, he will describe a citizen science project, Fungimap, which has collected over 100,000 records of target Australian fungi. Ian Bell is a member of Fungimap and the Field Naturalists fungi group and authored the interactive
Fungimap CD-ROM (2001). When Sunday 31 August. Where Melton Learning and Library Hub Balam
Balam seminar room 31 McKenzie Street
Melton. Time 11.15 am (doors open at 11am)
until 12.15 pm
with light refreshments.
RSVP essential by 28 August
Telephone 9416 7184 (give the names
of all the people attending and
return phone number)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An optional tour of the 5 star Green Star library
will be available at 1pm. Presented with the assistance of Melton City Council. Photos: Ian Bell