Underground Lovers: Encounters with fungi
Fungi offer us a way to imagine life differently.
Once overlooked, fungi are the exhilarating new poster organisms reconfiguring our understanding of the natural world and capturing the public imagination. Underground Lovers brings us down to earth, and deeper. We’ll dwell with fungal allies and
aliens, discover how fungi hold forests together, and why humans are deeply entwined with these unruly renegades of the subterrain. Told through first-hand stories – from the Australian desert to Iceland’s glaciers to America’s Cascade Mountains – Alison Pouliot shares encounters with glowing ghost fungi and the enigma of the lobster mushroom. This fascinating book presents new questions and insights about fungi, as well as an intimate celebration of their astonishing beauty and complexity. Melding science and personal reflection, we look at the fungi that appear after fire, how fungi and climate change interact, the role of fungi in ecosystem restoration, and more.
What can we learn from the lives of fungi? Underground Lovers brings us to our knees, magnifier in hand, to find out.
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POULIOT is an ecologist with a passion for fungi. She is the author of The Allure of Fungi and co-author of Wild Mushrooming.