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UK Fungus Day
Vascular coffee wilt or tracheomycosis is threatening the Ugandan coffee crop as it spreads from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and infects more coffee producing regions. Also in Uganda, making money from honey.
Ecologist Lynne Boddy tells Bridget Kendall how fungi fight each other for resources and use "chemical warfare" to gain the upper hand.
Put any prejudices about poisonous toadstools and mould in damp corners out of your mind: this week's Forum explores fungi as an extraordinarily tough and ecologically friendly building substance that could reshape our world.
Fungi are responsible for rotting fruit, crumbling brickwork and athlete's foot. They have a mouldy reputation; but it's their ability to destroy things that enables new life to grow.
Chris Sperring and Michael Jordan of the Association of British Fungus Groups go in search of giant bracket fungus in Dommett Wood in Somerset.
Scientist are unable to classify fungi as either plant or animal. They are just as likely to kill you as they are to feed you and their origins are difficult to trace.
Dr. Samir Agrawal, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, Fungal Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Dr. Frank van de Veerdonk, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Fungal update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Prof. Neil Gow, University of Aberdeen, Fungal update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Dr. Elaine Bignell, University of Manchester, Fungal Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Prof. Rob Miller, University College London, Funagl Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Prof. Tom Harrison, St George’s University Hospitals, London, Fungal Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Chair: Prof. Peter DonnellyProposers: Drs. Keith Wilson (BMT Unit, Cardiff) & Vanya Gant (Microbiology, UCLH, London)
Dr. Jonathan Lambourne, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London, Fungal Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Prof. Maiken Arendrup, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark, Funal Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Prof Chris Kibbler, University College London, Fungal Update 2015, 10th Anniversary
Dr. Samir Agrawal, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Dr. Frank van de Veerdonk, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Prof. Neil Gow, University of Aberdeen
Dr. Elaine Bignell, University of Manchester
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