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Fungi are poorly represented within the National Curriculum for Science. It is difficult to teach biology without mention of the fungi and what they do for us. The fungal kingdom is arguably the largest kingdom of organisms on this planet and without them, we humans could not survive on Earth. They are a vital component of the terrestrial ecosystem, they are the planet’s best recyclers, every plant has a fungus associating with it; fungi provide foods and medicines and even put the flavour in chocolate! - Yet some fungi can rot our homes and food, cause devastating losses to plant and animal populations, and pose a serious threat to the immunocompromised patient. Help us to bring fungi back into science teaching in the UK! 

Thank Fungi For That

Ideas for teachers

We have teaching resources and lesson plans for each key stage of the curriculum, which are designed to promote a greater awareness of the importance of fungi.  We also have competitions to enter and practical activities to try. 

Arbuscules, spores, and hyphae of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonising raspberry root.
Arbuscules, spores, and hyphae of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonising raspberry root.

Alison Bennett

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On the 1st November 2018, eleven entries over the 4 categories of this competition were judged at a meeting of the Fungal Education and Outreach Committee. We recognise the effort of all involved to create and submit these entries and have given feedback to all parties. Unfortunately, none of the entries met prize-giving level. With this in mind, we will be modifying the type of competition that we run next year. Wishing everyone all the best for next time…The Fungal Education and Outreach Committee of the British Mycological Society.