Fungi in the Lives of Trees

Lynne Boddy (Cardiff University UK)

Where:                       Tree House - Wellington Botanic Gardens
When:                        Tuesday         19 November, 2019
Time:                         0945 for a 1000 Start - 1500  (Lunch Provided)
Price:                         Member -$60 plus GST
                                  Non-Member - $75 plus GST


The Workshop is a stand-alone education event organised by NZ Arb.

It will be held in the Wellington Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 19 November 2019.  


About Professor Boddy

Lynne Boddy is Professor of Fungal Ecology at Cardiff University UK. She has taught and researched into the ecology of fungi associated with trees and wood decomposition for 40 years. She is currently investigating heart-rot and other aspects of decay in standing deciduous trees, the ash dieback fungus that is rampaging across the UK from Europe, the ways in which fungi fight each other and form communities, and how they search the forest floor for food resources and respond to their finds. She is a prolific author having co-authored Fungal Decomposition of Wood, edited six books, written well over 200 scientific papers, and is chief editor of the journal Fungal Ecology. She was (2009–2010) president of the British Mycological Society. Lynne is an ardent communicator of the mysteries and importance of the amazing hidden Kingdom of Fungi to the general public including TV, radio, popular talks, videos, articles and exhibitions. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2019 for Services to Mycology and Science Outreach.    


Professor Lynne Boddy is a keynote speaker at the 2019 NZ Arb Annual Conference in Napier.


Fungi in the Lives of Trees

Lynne Boddy (Cardiff University UK)

This workshop is aimed at anyone who is interested in trees or fungi. Trees cannot exist in the natural environment without fungi, and their interactions are the underlying theme running throughout the workshop. This includes the essential mutualistic partnerships formed between fungi and the roots of trees, endophytic fungi living inconspicuously within all tree tissues, the fungi that break down dead tree tissues, recycling the nutrients within them and making them available for further tree growth. The workshop will consider wood decay, colonization of wounds in standing trees, heart-rot, and the importance of mature forests and individual veteran trees for biodiversity. Our world is changing, and some of the ways in which this affects trees and their associated fungi will be considered, along with some aspects of management and needs for conservation of species and habitat. The workshop will include indoor (and hopefully outdoor talks) and will be copiously illustrated in powerpoint presentation, with video clips and hopefully live material. There will be plenty of time for discussion, and active participation is encouraged.




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