Investigating fungi: the wood-wide web: Track 1

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How fundamental are fungi to a forest's eco-system? And how can they be utilised to reclaim barren land and grow sustainable plantations for economic markets? In this album, scientists from the UK and Malaysia explore how fungi form constructive and cooperative partnerships with other plants and trees, and how such symbiosis can be used for economic and environmental benefit. In the audio track, Professor David Robinson of The Open University delves deeper into the techniques scientists use to learn more about the woodwide web. This material forms part of The Open University course S204 Biology: uniformity and diversity.

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Track 1: Investigating fungi: the wood-wide web

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2010


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Investigating fungi: the wood-wide web    A short introduction to this album. Play now Investigating fungi: the wood-wide web
2 Investigating symbiotic relationships    Dr David Robinson explains the relationship between fungi and living trees. Play now Investigating symbiotic relationships
3 Unearthing the woodwide web    Where to find fungi, and the role that they play in the forest. Play now Unearthing the woodwide web
4 Mutual benefits    How fungi use nutrients in the forest, and how these are transported through the fungus. Play now Mutual benefits
5 Transforming biology into economics    An experiment on growing dipterocarps with the help of fungi, and how this has been done in Malaysia. Play now Transforming biology into economics
6 From barren land to tropical forest    A land reclamation project that involves planting acacia mangium to establish suitable conditions to grow dipterocarps. Play now From barren land to tropical forest