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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. 

Events

There are normally lots of family fun events around the country over the weekend of UK Fungus Day (planned for the 3rd and 4th of October in 2020).

Unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 situation, outdoor events  were not a substantial part UKFD 2020.

There were however a number of exciting Online Events that people enjoyed.

Video presentations from some of these, where available, will be uploaded to the UKFD website under various sections, depending on their theme.  Check out the different categories starting with    https://www.ukfungusday.co.uk/join/enthusiasts 

Why not download a poster showcasing the various activities that took place over the weekend  and look forward to the 2021 event.   favicon.png

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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In 2020 the UK fungus Day competition will be 'Create a Fantasy Fungus' .  

Details can be found  by clicking here!

A POSTER SHOWING THE ONLINE EVENTS FOR UK FUNGUS DAY  CAN DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING ON THE UKFD LOGO.  favicon.png