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Fungimap 8 Conference

16-21 April 2015 in Bateman's Bay, 
New South Wales

 

Visit http://fungimap.org.au 
to put your name down so you will be contacted when registration opens in early 2015.

 

Unfortunately the Perth Urban Bushland Fungi Project has come to the position where there are no funds to operate it over the 2012 fungi season.

This means there will be no fungi events for the general public this winter. 

 

PUBF website now linked with Atlas of Living Australia at http://www.ala.org.au/  Now including some images from the Perth fungi book.

 
Reports about fungi of Kings Park and Bold Park are now posted on the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority website at: www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park/biodiversity/fungi  http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/bold-park/biodiversity/fungi
 
Fungi in the Perth Region Print E-mail

Perth's urban bushlands, in south west Australia, lie within one of the world's 34 terrestrial hotspots for conservation priority. The bushlands are an important habitat for many fungi and the fungi have essential or important partnerships with plants necessary for healthy plant growth. Perth's fungi are beginning to reveal their hidden secrets, often raising more perplexing puzzles or challenges for management of our bushland.

The interesting thing about finding and identifying fungi in Perth, is that there is a high chance, that what you find, may not have been studied in depth or been known at all! It's suprising (and true) that some striking and conspicuous fungi have escaped being seen until recently. In 2005,  a large fungus with black marshmallow shaped buttons and a black and white radial pattern on its mature caps was spotted in Perth bushland. In fact, it had never been recorded before in Australia. The connection between this well travelled fungus is yet to be explained. Curiously, its other known locations are Hawaii and Estonia. Amazingly, Cortinarius phalarus, an ancient Gondwanan fungus of the Jurassic era was found (by a PUBF participant ) in the Perth region for the first time in 2004.

What we do know about Perth's fungi is that many fungi form beneficial partnerships with local plants, e.g. Eucalyptus, Acacia, Allocasuarina, Orchids. We also know that many of these native plants cannot survive or thrive without their fungi partners. Fungi contribute to the astounding flora capable of growing in Perth's depleted soils. Healthy bushlands may have many hundreds of species of native fungi. Highly degraded bushlands have relatively fewer native fungi. Different or even fewer fungi occur in housing areas, open-space parks, or gardens.

So if you're a bushland manager or interested in your local bushland you'd probably want to know about incorporating fungi into management plans. PUBF serves to promote a better understanding of the significance of fungal diversity and function in bushlands and to provide access to scientifically accurate information about fungi of the Perth region. 

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