Mushrooms & Mycorrhizae
Join Dr. Roy Halling, NYBG's Curator of Mycology, on an insider's tour of the Thain Family Forest. A widely published expert on mushrooms around the world (and featured on the podcast Radio Lab!), Dr. Halling will discuss how mushrooms contribute to a forest's health, delving into the process by which mycorrhizal roots share water and nutrients with their tree partners in exchange for carbohydrates. You'll gather a variety of mushrooms to dissect and observe under microscopes, using stains to distinguish between plant and fungal material.

Please bring: insect repellant, hand lens, your favorite mushroom field guide, your favorite dissecting equipment (if you have done microscopy before), and comfortable footware for walking about the NYBG forest.

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