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  • State of the World's Fungi

    #SOTWF18 – The State of the World’s Fungi

    Kew will be publishing its first State of the World’s Fungi report on Wednesday, with a follow-up symposium on Thursday and Friday. We plan to be there on both days, and in the build-up to the report and the event, we’ll be posting some fungi-related material to show why if you’re serious about plants you […] More

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    Ecology of Floristic Quality Assessment: testing for correlations between coefficients of conservatism, species traits and mycorrhizal responsiveness

    Many plant species are limited to habitats relatively unaffected by anthropogenic disturbance, so protecting these undisturbed habitats is essential for plant conservation. Coefficients of conservatism (C values) are numeric values assigned to plant species to indicate their sensitivity to anthropogenic disturbance, and these values are increasingly used to prioritize natural areas for conservation and monitor […] More

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    A bumper crop of fungi

    The Fungal Kingdom, edited by Joseph Heitman, Barbara J. Howlett, Pedro W. Crous, Eva H. Stukenbrock, Timothy Y. James and Neil A. R. Gow, 2018. American Society for Microbiology Press There has been a veritable mushrooming of fungus books of late (e.g. the trio from Nicholas Money – Fungi: A Very Short Introduction (2016), Mushrooms: […] More

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    How a microbe moulded mankind

    The Rise of Yeast: How the sugar fungus shaped civilization by Nicholas P. Money, 2018. Oxford University Press. I am a Botanist: All aspects of plants and plant biology are of interest to me. But, I’m particularly interested in plant-people interactions and how our relationship to/with plants influences our human existence. In that regard one […] More

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    Meet the real fungi…

    Fungi: A Very Short Introduction, by Nicholas P. Money, 2016. Oxford University Press. As much as I would like to think that plants are the most important organisms on planet Earth, even I have to admit that fungi are probably – probably… – more important. After all, without their decomposing activities, nutrients wouldn’t get recycled […] More