Australian land managers are beginning to discover the important roles fungi play in healthy ecosystems. Australian fungi are different from those in other countries in the same way that our plants, animals and other species differ. Despite this, Australia lacks a practical guide for land managers for conservation and restoration focused management. Restoration guides from other countries are therefore at best less applicable and at worst may suggest the incorporation of fungi from other regions and other countries, which is likely to be detrimental to our Australian landscapes and species. Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Roz Hart propose to produce this much needed and often requested Guide to the use of Fungi in conservation and revegetation in Australian landscapes. Both Sapphire and Roz have been involved in fungal community education and conservation projects for more than two decades and will work with mycologists from across the regions to produce a practical and science based guide.
We hope to find the funds to support the project from now until July 2018. Please contact Roz if you would like to help us or make a pledge (noting if you prefer anonymity). We will be having a crowd funding campaign later in the year but if you would like to donate by cheque please make them out to R. Hart and post them to Fungi 4 Land, PO box 967, Merlynston VIC 3058.
We want to share …
What fungi do within ecosystems and how to included them in management of healthy ecosystems, as:
- plant partners
- providers of food and habitat for animals
- recyclers of nutrients
- why not are all fungal diseases bad
- interactions that drive soil structure and health
- how fungi are connected to other life
Help managers understand:
- diseases & weedy fungi
- fire and fungi
- threatening processes
- fungi and soil
- logs and litter vs mulch