KMIS In-Person & Zoom Lecture: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Decay in standing trees with Lynne Boddy

Date: Monday 7 November 2022

Monday 7th November 2022 from 18.00 to 20.00 GMT Live Location: Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Gate, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3DS. Lynne Boddy is Professor of Fungal Ecology at Cardiff University. She has taught and researched into the ecology of fungi associated with trees and wood decomposition for 40 years, is co-author of several books on the subject and is Chief Editor of the journal Fungal Ecology. Her current work focuses on how fungi fight each other and form communities, and how they search for food resources and respond to their finds, as well as their relevance to major challenges such as the ash dieback disease rampaging across the UK and how climate change is affecting fungi. In this talk Professor Boddy will discuss her work on the fascinating communities of fungi and other organisms that rot the centres of old trees. She will challenge our preconceptions of decay as a negative process and reveal how rotting releases nutrients locked up in dead tissues to be reused once again and how decaying wood provides habitat for thousands of species of invertebrates, birds and other mammals. For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

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