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Ecological Functions of Fungi
May 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
If you are interested in attending the lecture described below, please RSVP to Georgia Asher of the Woodstock Land Conservancy and let her know you are coming.
This interactive illustrated lecture will examine the role that mushrooms and other fungi play in the ecosystem. Ecosystems concepts will be presented and an examination of the functions served by Fungi, those members of the Fifth Kingdom, will be discussed. It is said, for example, that almost all green growing plants need a fungal partner in order to survive. At the same time fungi are often referred to as nature’s primary decomposers responsible for biological decay and regulation of CO2 within the ecosystem. And the very soil in which our forests grow has, in a large measure, been created by the fungi we meet on our walks in the park.
RSVP to Georgia Asher firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Bakaitis: Bio
Bill taught at Dutchess Community College for 38 years prior to retirement in 2006 during which time he was granted sabbaticals to study graduate level Mycology at both the SUNY New Paltz, and at the NY State Museum in Albany, working there with John Haines, the State Mycologist at the time. He is a popular speaker who has given educational programs in Mycology at the Institute of Ecosystems Study in Millbrook, NY, the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, Hudsonia at Bard College as well as with many other institutions throughout the Northeast. In 1983 he founded the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association, and since 1984 has worked with the Poison Control Networks of NY, CT, MA, RI, VT, and ME. His articles have been published in NY State Conservationist, Adirondack Life, Mid-Hudson Magazine, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Mushroom: the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, where he is a contributing editor, and elsewhere. On line his articles may be found at http://leslieland.com/ and http://www.fungikingdom.net/articles-by-bill-bakaitis/