Mushrooms: Familiar yet Fascinating! | Read! Fest

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The humble mushroom is our entrypoint in this talk on the fascinating role that fungi plays in our world!

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Many of us are familiar with the usual store-purchased mushrooms. We might have even seen them popping out of the ground after some rain and wonder if they are safe to eat. Mushrooms, or fungi as they are scientifically known, have a varied reputation. Fungi can be destructive, spoiling our food and causing rot but they also can help create by helping bread to rise and for making beer. In this talk, biologist Amy Choong will share her fascination with fungi, interesting fungal biology and industrial applications. You will also get to know some local fungi!

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Amy Choong is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. She teaches Fungal Biology, Botany and Waste. She was an NUS alumnus and her doctorate was from the University of Hong Kong. She has worked with industry, research institutions as well as the civil service

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This programme is inspired by The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning, a featured title of Read! Fest 2021. Borrow the title here. 

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About Read! Fest 2021

Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a forward-looking journey of self-discovery. With the theme of Reboot, take a moment to re-examine and refresh your lenses on day-to-day aspects that shape our lives.

Anchored by 12 key books and topics, Read! Fest will host over 60 programmes – from talks by world-renowned authors to workshops and experiences – each curated to immerse you in a world of thoughtful ideas for our time.

From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, stretch out to explore new worlds and perspectives. Where will you find yourself?

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