Professor Lynne Boddy talks Fungi

Lynne Boddy is Professor of Fungal Ecology at Cardiff University UK. She has taught and researched into the ecology of fungi associated with trees and wood decomposition for 45 years. Her research focuses on understanding how fungal mycelia behave in the natural world, climate change effects on fungi, antagonistic interactions between fungi, and development of fungal communities in wood. She is currently studying the fascinating communities of fungi and other organisms that rot the centres of old trees. She is a prolific author having co-authored “Fungal Decomposition of Wood” and “The Fungi”, her most recent (2021) being “Fungi and Trees: their Complex Relationships”, and the children’s book “Humongous Fungus”. She was (2009–2010) president of the British Mycological Society. Lynne is an ardent communicator of the mysteries and importance of the amazing hidden Kingdom of Fungi to the general public including TV, radio, popular talks, videos, articles and exhibitions. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2019 for Services to Mycology and Science Outreach.

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