Fungi Conference – Fungal connections to flora and fauna

The Fungal Connections Conference brought together some of Australia’s finest fungi minds to share their wisdom on all things fungi.

After a welcome to country by Grant Caelli, Alison Pouliot kicked things off with here hugely entertaining presentation Curry Punk & Jelly Brain. This set the tone for things to come, with Dr Camille Truong’s thought provoking discussion on the “Wood-Wide Web”, The wood-wide web – a story too good for its own good?, before the hilarious Dr Marc Freestone gave us the rundown on all things orchid and fungi with his presentation titled Invisible fungi and how they save endangered orchids from extinction.

After a feast courtesy of A3 Hospitality, it was up to Professor Alan York to discuss the connections between Fungi, Fire and Fauna. Last was a joint presentation with Aviya Naccarella presenting on Fungi the missing puzzle piece – what role might fungus-feeding mammals play in ecosystem function?, and Emily McIntyre discussing The role of the potoroo in dispersing fungi and influencing regeneration.

Thanks to all of our expert speakers, to the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation committee for making the day possible, to the Euroa Football Club for the use of their facilities and to A3 Hospitality for the delicious food.

For those who weren’t able to make it, or for those who were but want to relive the sweet memories, recordings of all talks are below, for FREE!