• Fungi and Plants Series

From War to Welfare: The Strange Partnerships of Fungi and Plants

The most active and fascinating area of current research in mycology deals with the way that fungi, including our local forest mushrooms, interact with plants.  Two centuries ago, fungi were thought of as peculiar plants.  Over the course of the twentieth century, mushrooms were moved into their own kingdom.  In the last thirty years, we have begun to realize that the kingdom of plants and the kingdom of fungi, though completely separate kingdoms, are not independent. They form complex partnerships and the partnerships take many different forms.  Sometimes they have developed in ways that seem to benefit the plants.  In other plant/fungi hookups, fungi appear to be exploiting the plants. Many of these relationships, however, have intricate tit-for-tat interactions. In this course, four Victoria scientists will lead us through this world between the plants and fungi.  Students who complete this course will, when they take a walk through the woods of the British Columbia, look at plants and mushrooms in a new way.myc

This course consists of five stand-alone sessions: you can register for a single session or receive a discounted rate if you register for the entire series.

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What Does It Mean?: Mycorrhizas, Mushrooms and Plants

An overview of the world of mycorrhizal mushrooms, focusing on the major types of fungal symbiosis and examining the networks that fungi establish with and between plants. Instructor: Kem Luther, PhD, is a Victoria-based writer and naturalist.
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Parasites and Companions: The Strange Life of Mycoheterotrophic Plants

Most of the non-photosynthesizing plants we once called saprophytes, under the assumption that they lived directly on decaying matter, are now known to depend on fungal partnerships.
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Fungal and Plant Ecosystems: System Thinking and the Balance in BC Forests

How will the study of mycorrhizal fungi change the way we view and work with BC forests?
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Field Trip - Strange Partnerships of Fungi and Plants

Join some of the instructors on a field trip to view mycorrhizal mushrooms and some of their plant symbionts.
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How Fungi Attack Our Food Plants

A fairly large number of fungi attack various parts of our food plants and threaten harvests. We are trying to breed resistant crop varieties, and to develop new fungicides that protect our domesticated plants
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