KMIS lecture: Mycorrhizas in changing ecosystems

Delve into the hidden world of ectomycorrhizal fungi in this fascinating lecture.

Microscope image of mycorrhizas


7 December 2020


6pm (lecture lasts one hour)


Online event



Pre-booking essential

Tickets do not include entry to the Gardens

Most trees in temperate and boreal forests, and some small plants above the treeline in mountains, live in symbiosis with soil-dwelling fungi forming mycorrhizas.

In exchange for carbohydrates from photosynthesis, the fungi explore the soil and transfer water and minerals to the plant.

These nutrients, which are otherwise unavailable to the plants, influence their growth and survival.

Ectomycorrhizal fungi cover the fine roots of the plants and act as the interface between the soil and the roots.

In this talk, Laura Martinez-Suz, Research Leader in Mycology at Kew, will discuss these extraordinary ectomycorrhizal fungi and their ecology, her research on the impact of future environmental change and factors that affect the diversity and distribution of these fungi, and how her findings can inform environmental policy, forest management and conservation.

Kew Mutual Improvement Society

This talk is part of the Kew Mutual Improvement Society lecture series which has been running since 1871.

We curate and present a varied programme of public lectures, with no limits to the discussion topics within the realms of botany, conservation and horticulture – all for a remarkably low-cost ticket.

Find out more about the Kew Mutual Improvement Society