The need to produce high quality food while minimising environmental damage is one of the biggest challenges for Australian agriculturalists. Healthy biological soils are crucial to plant health including our food crops. In turn, human health depends on high food quality and hence good soil health.
We now know there is a greater biomass of living microorganisms within than above the soil. Modern agriculture with its intensive use of chemicals, fertilisers and mechanical disturbance has largely eliminated these organisms. However, innovative biological farmers are turning things around through ‘ecological intensification’ – that is, by fostering the microbes within soils with the aim to replace anthropogenic inputs and tilling practices. Central to this is an understanding of how symbioses between plants, fungi and other organisms function.
This workshop will give you an overview of the vital significance of fungi in soils & the important role they play in providing soil structure, retaining water, nutrient availability & ecosystem resilience.
The day includes an interactive seminar & paddock walk, also Includes lunch & morning tea. Download event flyer.
This project is made possible thanks to funding from the Victorian State Governments Landcare Grants & the Goulburn Broken CMA.
About the Presenter:
Alison Pouliot, BSc Hons (zoology), BA (philosophy), PhD (ecology). I am an ecologist and environmental photographer and have presented over 300 fungus workshops, forays and seminars in Australia and internationally. I greatly enjoy working with people from all walks of life to better understand and appreciate the environment and environmental issues. More information can be found at www.alisonpouliot.com