Webinar: Exploring the belowground forest ecosystem

Connecting symbiotic fungal networks with forest resilience through Close-to-Nature management

Wednesday 23 November 2022 @8pm

Symbiotic fungal networks are the foundations upon which forest ecosystems are built. They are essential to forest trees species for key nutrients circulation, for pathogen control and water regulation as well as supporting a vast soil biota. Their interdependent relationship with forest trees has evolved over millions of years and it is a critical component of forest diversity and, importantly, forest resilience.

This webinar will explore and discuss our current understanding of symbiotic fungal networks, their importance to forest resilience and reflect on possible applications as part of a Close-to-Nature management approach.

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About the presenter

Jonathan Spazzi is a Forestry Development Officer with the Forestry Development Department of Teagasc, the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the private forestry sector in Ireland. His studies and practice over the last two decades have focused on Close-to-Nature management and forest mycology. His work today is centred on supporting and facilitating private forest owners and forestry practitioners in relation to managing forests as an integrated and resilient resource with particular focus on designing and delivering training and education. He is also participating in a number of European research projects ranging from Close-to-Nature management to forest resilience. He is a Pro Silva Ireland committee member.

General information

The meeting will last approximately 1 hour. 

Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Members and non-members of Pro Silva Ireland are welcome. 

Booking is via Eventbrite; there is no charge. 

The session will be presented via Zoom. Participants should log in 5 minutes before the start of the session. 

The webinar will be recorded and available later on the Pro Silva Ireland website. 

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