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Underground Lovers: Encounters with Fungi


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Explore the dazzling underground world of fungi in an intimate and interactive discussion and meal with ecologist and author Alison Pouliot.


What can we learn from fungi? In her latest book, Underground Lovers, ecologist Alison Pouliot delves into the dazzling lives of fungi to unearth the mysteries and potential of this often-unseen world.

This February, join Alison Pouliot for a surprising and informative evening exploring the science and wonder of fungi.

Over a mushroom-themed menu at the Moat, Pouliot will create an interactive fungus display, investigating the role of fungi in our ecosystems, their curious forms and ways, and how they are deeply entwined in our lives.


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About the book


Alison Pouliot

Alison Pouliot is an ecologist with a passion for fungi. Her journeys in search of fungi span northern and southern hemispheres, ensuring two autumns and a double dose of fungi each year. As scientist and photographer, author and someone who roams the forest daily, Alison delves deep into the realm... Read more


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