Learn the benefits of fungi

EVERETT — Learn how to put fungi to work in your farm, garden or family forest.

A class titled “My O’ Mycorrhiza: The Relationship of Fungi in Agriculture and Forestry Applications” is being taught from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at WSU Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Almost 90 percent of all plants form a beneficial or symbiotic relationship with a fungus. These mycorrhizal fungi colonize plant roots and extend their root systems into the surrounding soil, improving the ability of plants to take up available nutrients as well as other benefits.

During the class, people will learn about the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi in agriculture and natural resource management and explore basic fungal biology, including why these types of fungi are important in the maintenance of healthy soils.

Instructor Jim Gouin also will teach people how to incorporate these organisms into your farms, gardens and family forests. He’ll also give people a look at some of the great mycorrhizal edibles you might encounter in the forest.

Gouin is a staff mycologist and consultant with Fungi Perfecti, an Olympia-based company that specializes in supplying home and commercial mushroom growers with everything needed for success. Gouin has a forestry background and teaches forest fungi cultivation workshops throughout North America.

Cost for the workshop is $35 per person. Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/441471 or download the form from snohomish.wsu.edu/Fungi2013/ and mail with your check.

For more information, contact Andrew Corbin, corbina@wsu.edu, 425- 357-6012. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or e-mail christensen4@wsu.edu.

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