New Book: The Allure of Fungi

10 Sep New Book: The Allure of Fungi

Although relatively little known, fungi provide the links and flows between the terrestrial organisms and ecosystems that underpin our functioning planet.

The Allure of Fungi presents fungi through multiple perspectives – those of mycologists and ecologists, foragers and forayers, naturalists and farmers, aesthetes and artists, philosophers and Traditional Owners. It explores how a history of entrenched fears and misconceptions about fungi has led to their near absence in Australian ecological consciousness and biodiversity conservation.

Through a combination of text and visual essays, the author reflects on how aesthetic, sensate experience deepened by scientific knowledge offers the best chance for understanding fungi, the forest and human interactions with them.


Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

Publication Date: September 2018

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – An introduction to entangled worlds

Photo essay – The mycelial matrix

Chapter 2 – Meeting mushrooms

Photo essay – Endless forms most bizarre

Chapter 3 – Life in the subterrain

Photo essay – Fungal grub and fungal havens

Chapter 4 – A stubbly bun skirmish

Photo essay – Biological umbrellas

Chapter 5 – Wicked wild mushrooms – a morality tale

Photo essay – Recycling worlds

Chapter 6 – Organising fungi

Photo essay – Undersides

Chapter 7 – Knowing fungi otherwise

Photo essay – Collecting

Chapter 8 – Foraging and foraying

Photo essay – Lichenised lives

Chapter 9 – A call for fungal wisdom


About the Author:

Alison Pouliot is a natural historian and honorary fellow at the ANU. She moves between northern and southern hemispheres to have two autumns each year, guaranteeing a double dose of fungi. Her extraordinary photographs reflect her research on the ecology and conservation of fungi. In this book she documents a forgotten corner of the natural world that is both beguiling and fundamental to life.


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