Fungi Identification Challenges

Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

Thanks to Phoebe Weston and Patrick Greenfield at the Guardian for this podcast episode about the wonders and perils of fungi-identifying:

Why is it hard to get our head around fungi? (part one) – podcast

…We often talk as if we know what species exist in the world – but we don’t. Could misclassifying the notoriously cryptic fungi have broader implications for what we know about the environment, and how we care for it?

  • Read Phoebe’s piece about discovering the fabulous world of fungi and the challenge of identifying them, here
  • Dr Gothamie Weerakoon is a senior curator at London’s Natural History Museum
  • Prof Lynne Boddy is an ecologist at Cardiff University
  • Dr Silvia Pressel is a researcher at London’s Natural History Museum

Listen to the episode here.

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