Perth Branch General Meeting featuring Anna Hopkins
March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$3
Our first meeting in March will be at the Tom Dadour Community Centre 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco as the Subiaco Community Centre is unavailable. This is a one-off location change and we will return to our usual location in April.Although another summer has just passed us in Perth, global climate change will continue to affect us here. For those interested in our native bushland, the changing climate will have both direct and indirect impacts.
Climate scientists tell us that in the southwest we can expect an increasingly dry climate and more frequent heatwaves. Indirectly, bushfires, like the one we witnessed this summer in the Perth hills, may become more common. More broadly, disturbances to our native bushland have changed and will continue to do so. These include changing rainfall patterns, heatwaves, as well as the loss of native digging animals like the quenda. And these disturbances not only affect the vegetation but also the soil, and the fungi in it, some of which produce distinctive mushrooms many of us will have seen in the wetter months.
Dr Anna Hopkins, an expert in fungal ecology from Edith Cowan University, is researching this issue and will be presenting a talk on them Tuesday night (9 March) at the Perth Branch of the Wildflower Society.
The presentation title is Soil fungal responses to disturbance in South-Western Australia. This talk will outline recent research examining the impact of disturbances such as drought, heatwaves, fire and loss of digging mammals on soil fungi and ecosystem function.
This month we will be holding our General Meeting at the Tom Dadour Centre – the State election has meant that we can’t hold the meeting at our usual venue. Doors open at 7.45 pm with the meeting beginning at 8 pm. The $3 door donation gets you entry into the night’s door prize. The talk will be interesting for anyone interested in our native bushland, its soils and fungi. All are welcome.
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A patch of Banksia woodland after fire, at Mirrabooka (photo: Graham Zemunik)