EP23 How Fungi & Mushrooms Help Growing More Trees
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"First on air 7 August 2021"

Southeast Asia was previously known for being one of the lushest areas on earth as it was home to almost 20 percent of the world’s forest cover. It is estimated that the region has lost more than 50 percent of its original forest area. As for Thailand, it is estimated that decades of economic growth have depleted forest cover of the country to be only around 30 percent of the country’s total land area currently. One of the most harmful deforestation means is burning trees and bushes to clear the field, which destroys the mycorrhizal network underground. These mycorrhizal fungi help trees to grow and produce edible and salable mushrooms. Dr. Jittra Piapukiew, who teaches at Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, is a mycologist who has been studying the use of mycorrhizal fungi to grow different species of local trees for almost 20 years. She is the guest of this episode.