Colloquium of the Platform Biodiversity – The study of fungal biodiversity in South Tyrol

Fungi, fascinating organisms of the fungal kingdom, play a crucial role in terrestrial ecosystems. They serve as decomposers by converting dead organic matter into vital nutrients for plants. In addition, many fungi establish symbiotic relationships with plant roots, contributing to plant health and the biodiversity of the surrounding environment. After a brief introduction to the function and ecological importance of fungi, the work of the Bolzano Fungi Group of the Bresadola Mycological Association (AMB), which has been researching and studying the distribution of macromycetes in our province for almost 50 years, will be presented. The most important natural habitats in South Tyrol with the most representative mushroom species are also presented.

Claudio Rossi: teaches at the IPC in Brunico and is in charge of teaching assignments for environmental education in the Italian-speaking area of the school board. As scientific director of the AMB mushroom group in Bolzano, he is also a member of the board of the European Association of Cortinarius (JEC) and a member of the Austrian and German Mycological Societies. For many years he has worked as a trainer for mycologists at the Provincial Health Office. His mushroom research began in 1976, when he was admitted to the National Scientific Committee of the Bresadola Mycological Association in 1978.

The event can also be followed online on the Museum’s YouTube channel.