Australia needs a practical knowledge of fungi
Australian land managers are beginning to discover the important roles fungi play in healthy ecosystems. Australian fungi are different from those in other countries in the same way that our plants, animals and other species differ.
Despite this, Australia lacks a practical guide for land managers for conservation and restoration focused management. Restoration guides from other countries are therefore at best less applicable and at worst may suggest the incorporation of fungi from other regions and other countries, which is likely to be detrimental to our Australian landscapes and species.
Our guide will focus on integrating fungi into current management tool kits. We know that healthy bushlands are resilient due to the myriad of interactions between our animals, fungi, plants and microbes.
We will share:
The role of fungi within ecosystems and how to include them in management of healthy ecosystems, as:
- plant partners
- providers of food & habitat for animals
- recyclers of nutrients
- why not all fungal diseases are bad
- interactions that drive soil structure and health
- how fungi are connected to other life
Practical tools to help managers understand:
- diseases & weedy fungi
- fire & fungi
- threatening processes
- fungi & soil
- logs & litter vs mulch
Together this will provide practical knowledge and a guide for land managers.
Following a successful crowd-funding campaign, the book is being written
Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Roz Hart are working hard to produce this much-needed and often-requested handbook to the use of fungi in conservation and revegetation in Australian landscapes.
Both Sapphire and Roz have been involved in fungal community education and conservation projects for more than two decades and will work with mycologists from across the region to produce a practical and science based guide.
We had a successful crowd funding campaign in May-July 2018 to write the core book. We were delighted with the generosity of over 326 supporters so now the core book is being written by Sapphire, Roz and mycologists and land managers from around Australia.
However, we still need help to get the book published and in the hands of people who need it.
Help us publish the book!
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Thank you all so much for the funds to produce the core text: a collaborative synthesis of how to integrate fungi into land management and restoration. We are working hard on producing the guide.
The core ten chapters of the Fungi4Land book have been drafted by Sapphire, Roz and our 26 authors. We are now putting ideas, words and pictures together.
The core text is the backbone of the guide but further work is needed to design a book that integrates images and diagrams to clearly demonstrate the amazing interactions fungi have.
With this in mind we are continuing to raise funds hoping to have all the money we require to illustrate Fungi4Land by 20 December 2019.
Please help us finish this book and provide a valuable resource for the Australian land.
Due to the wonderful help of our friends and supporters, we have had a successful crowd funding campaign in May-July 2018 which raised $38,130. From these funds the costs of the rewards, the crowdfunding website and credit card fees have been paid. Also, a stipend of $500 was paid for a video produced to market the guide. The remainder of these funds will support Sapphire to write the core guide in collaboration with other authors, for an estimated six to nine months.
The project has a dedicated bank account to ensure all funds received and spent are accounted for. A professional accountant will oversee the project account and submit tax returns, so you can be confident your donation is being used appropriately.
Later fund raising will support Roz who manages the finances and is an author, for this she will get a stipend of $5000. We will require the services of a Content Editor to bring together the ‘voices’ of the many authors into harmony, who will also receive a stipend of $5000. Printing costs are estimated at $10,000 for the first edition
We hope to finish the book writing and illustrations by June 2020 and then finish the editing and layout by August 2020 ready to print and send out by October 2020.
You can support us via the Help Us page!
Roz is taking donations for this project directly. Contact her for the account details for direct donation or use this web site.
If you would like to donate by cheque please make out to Roz Hart and post to Fungi4Land, PO Box 967, Merlynston VIC 3058. We will send you a receipt on request.