Forest Travels—A Guide for Fungi
Forest Travels – A Guide for Fungi was developed by the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources & Conservation (SFRC) Extension Programs.
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In this activity, students explore the specific reproduction and colonization patterns of two kinds of tree-feeding fungi, one of which primarily moves vegetatively through root networks and the other mostly through wind-borne dispersal. Students read about the two fungi and then use maps and worksheets to document and observe their movement across the forest through time.
The activity includes a discussion of students’ observations on how these two different fungi operate, what types of trees are best suited for their colonization, and what sorts of conditions favor fungal transport. You may use a provided visual presentation to animate the maps that the students used and prompt them to think of methods to control the fungi from spreading to other trees. Students are asked think about the importance that fungi play in the forest—how they change the land, how they may be beneficial to the forest, how they might be detrimental, and the consequences of fungal colonization to people who are maintaining trees for forest products.
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