Exploring the fascinating world of fungi at Henty

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There will be a display of common fungi by Murray Local Land Services at Henty.

The fascinating and mysterious world of fungi will be explored at the Murray Local Land Services site at this year’s field days.

Fungi play critical roles in ecosystems by breaking down leaf litter and other dead plant material.

Some of the more common types of fungi will be outlined by Murray LLS staff at the field days.

There will be giveaway copies of The Slopes to the Summit Partnership’s pictorial guide to local fungi called “Fungi of the south-west slopes and upper Murray region of NSW’’.

Fungi are not plants but belong to a group all of their own and have close relationships with most native plant species.

They produce an extensive underground network of hyphae (long, branching filaments) they use to gather nutrients and moisture for themselves and their plant hosts.