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What is a Mushroom Anyway? (214-490)
A Free Lecture on Fungi by J.R. Blair

Sunday, February 12 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Whenever J.R. Blair leads a discussion about mushrooms, he makes a point of underscoring the lasting relationship binding humans and the fungus sprouting on the forest floor.

"They are really an integral part of life on the planet," Blair says. "Bacteria and fungi are the primary decomposers in the environment, so if we didn't have them, we'd be knee-deep in dead things...They are an overlooked kingdom."

In this rousing free lecture, we will learn about the role of mushrooms in the life cycle of the fungal organism. We'll find out about the role of fungi in the environment and how other organisms, such as plants and animals, interact and are affected by fungi.

This lecture takes place in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, which is currently exhibiting "Secrets of the Forest: Portraits of Wild Mushrooms," paintings in gouache and watercolor by Lucy Martin.

Image Missing: Emerging from the Underworld by Lucy Martin
Emerging from the Underworld by Lucy Martin

Instructor J.R. Blair
Notes Sunday, February 12 3:00pm - 4:30pm  
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