Seminar presented by: Prof Jim Trappe
Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University
A program entitled "Fungi, the Forgotten Heroes of Australia’s Forests" was presented in the Industry Development Centre, at the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus. This included a display of Illustrated Fungi by Maree Elliott and Greg Heathcote, presentations by 7 Phd students, and a seminar presented by the world renown fungi expert Prof Jim Trappe.
Professor Jim Trappe is world renowned for his work on: the long term interactions between mycorrhizal fungi, wild edible mushrooms, sustainable ecosystem productivity, and forest management practices; taxonomy of hypogeous fungi; floristics of alpine fungi; fungal-animal interactions; mycorrhizal ecology of subalpine and alpine ecosystems; population ecology and functions of nonspecific biotrophic root endophytes.
When not conducting studies of mycorrhizae, mentoring students, and participating in truffle-related activities, Jim Trappe writes books on fungi. The beautifully photographed, full-color Field Guide to North American Truffles: Hunting, Identifying, and Enjoying the World’s Most Prized Fungi, by Matt Trappe, Frank Evans, and James Trappe, was published to acclaim by scientists and chefs alike in 2007.
Prof Jim Trappe's fascinating talk was entitled "Unsung Heros of the Forest" and took us through a journey of the different roles fungi take: "The Rotters or more delicately The Decomposers", "The Destroyers! (Pathogens)", "The Lichen Symbionts", "The Soil Stabilizers", "The Mycorrhizal Symbionts", and the "Wildlife Sustainers".
PhD student presentations
Director - Professor Tim Roberts
02 4921 7037
Tom Farrell Institute
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