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FUNGAL ECOLOGY FROM THE SOIL TO THE SKY

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It is no exaggeration to suggest that fungi – not plants nor animals – are the greatest architects of the natural world. Though such a notion may seem unbelievable at first, even a short study of all that fungi do in the environment can quickly lead to this perspective. Found from the bottom of the ocean to heart of the Sonora desert, fungi are powerful, adaptive, and integral to their greater environment. No matter the environmental constraints, fungi always define a ecosystem-supporting niche unparalleled by those they live with.

In this course, you will learn about the many important roles that fungi fulfill throughout the natural world as well as how to observe, study, document, and engage with the fungi around you. 


— TOPICS COVERED — 

  • Fungal biology
  • The seven types of mycorrhizal fungi
  • Non-mycorrhizal soil fungi
  • Plant-inhabiting (endophytic) fungi
  • Animal and insect-associated fungi
  • Fungal decomposition
  • Lichen biology and ecology
  • Fungal pathogens
  • Fungi in global carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, water, and mineral cycles
    Field-based research projects will also be detailed to reinforce knowledge gained and extensive supplementary resources will be offered to support a life-long pursuit in this important and understudied field.This course is ideal for naturalists, outdoor educators, naturalists, citizen scientists, and anyone interested in the importance of fungi in the world’s ecosystems. Related areas of research include nature awareness, permaculture and related fields, soil science, geology, ecology, botany, plant pathology, and other natural sciences.

    — THIS COURSE INCLUDES —

    • 1-year of streaming access to 10 hours of video coursework (including a blend of blackboard work, explanatory animations and images, technique demonstrations, and videos in the field)
    • Lifetime access to this class' section of the MYCOLOGOS® discussion forum
    • Downloadable PDFs of course notes
    • Project instructions and materials lists
    • Certificate of Completion (upon completing course requirements and final exam)

    — ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR —

    Peter McCoy is the founder of MYCOLOGOS® and the author of Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, one of the most comprehensive books on accessible mycology written to date. For the last 10 years, Peter's unique approach to working with fungi has brought him to present to tens of thousands of people around the world. An internationally-celebrated and dedicated teacher, Peter's instruction model works to engage all modes of learning by offering a blend of visual presentations, live demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions. For more information, see Peter's full bio here.

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