Meet Your Fungal Associates 1: Lichens

Photo by Mendel Skulski

Photo by Mendel Skulski


New season, new kingdom! As your resident mushroom fanatic, Mendel will be hosting our new series: Meet Your Fungal Associates.

On this month's episode we get a little deeper into lichens, and explore the blurry edges of life, mutualism, and extremophiles.

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This episode features Paul Kroeger: founding member and frequent president of the Vancouver Mycological Society, and co-author of The Outer Spores: The Mushrooms of Haida Gwaii.

Huge thanks to KMathz for our new mushisode theme song (and some other great music in this episode) Other music in this episode was produced by VALSI and PORTBOU.

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This episode of Future Ecologies was recorded on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm) Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) Nations - otherwise known as Vancouver, British Columbia.