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Thu 18 Jan 2007

"The Importance of Bukit Timah as a Fungus Sanctuary"

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"The Importance of Bukit Timah as a Fungus Sanctuary"

By Prof. Roy Watling

Sat 20 Jan 2007: 4pm - 5.30pm

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: Visitor Centre meeting room

Hosted by The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Arnold Arboretum Asia Programme.

About the talk - Fungi are the source of materials used in medicine, industry and everyday activities including baking, brewing etc.

Fungi also are the important nutrient cyclers of the world and are important in very special and intimate associations with other organisms which make the natural world function.

A few are also parasites of plants and animals including humans but these are small in proportion compared with those which benefit and are fundamental to natural ecosystems, and therefore benefit mankind.

Fungi must be described, defined and named so that researchers can communicate and a natural order of relationships within our natural heritage achieved. It will be shown how Bukit Timah is paramount in achieving this aim.

About the speaker - Prof Roy Watling, BSc, DSc, FRSE, FIBiol, C.Biol., MBE, was former head of the Mycology and Plant Pathology section at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. His research interests are particularly in the ecology and systematics of larger fungi, and although his earlier work centred on artic-alpine fungi, he has become more and more concerned with tropical fungi, especially ectomycorrhizas of Caesalpinoid legumes in North Africa and of dipterocarps in South East Asia.

Prof Watling has traveled widely in the course of his research, including Australia, India, West and Central Africa, S.E.Asia (Malaysia and Thailand) and extensively in North America and northern Europe. He has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific papers, reviews and reports and has spawned several books both for the amateur and the professional. A recent book (Children and Toxic Fungi) is a paediatricians guide to the most likely species of fungi children may pick up in gardens and public places.

Roy is a member of the UK Systematics Forum, an Honorary Reader at the University of Aberdeen and a corresponding member of several mycological societies. He is a Past President of the British Mycological Society, the Botanical Society of Scotland and the Yorkshire Naturalists Union.

His recent projects include the identification and ecology of larger fungi in the Korup rainforest reserve in Western Cameroon, the boletes of various forest reserves in western Zambia, and the wood-rotting and ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetes of lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia. He is also currently involved in an EC programme joint with Kent University on the identification and culture of basidiomycetes from the Philippines.

Thanks to Siew Chin, CTFS-AA, for the alert

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