Join Lee Davies of the Kew Gardens Fungarium to discover the history of the relationship between people and fungi as well as the future of fungi.
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Fungi are an often overlooked and misunderstood part of the natural world, and yet are vital to all life on earth. They touch all aspects of our lives and have become ever more important in the 5,000 years since we first made them an integral part of our culture.
This talk will show the relationship between people and fungi and how, over five millennia, those roles have evolved, become more important, and how they may even be the answer to some of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the future.
Lee Davies has a background in palaeontology and botany, but now spends his days as Fungarium Curator at Kew Gardens. He is most interested in the cultural relationships people have with fungi, and in communicating with the public on the importance of fungi.