The unprecedented bushfires that struck the east coast of Australia this summer killed an estimated one billion animals across millions of hectares.
Scorched landscapes and animal corpses brought into sharp relief what climate-driven changes to wildfire mean for Australia’s plants and animals.
Yet the effects of fire go much deeper, quite literally, to a vast and complex underground world that we know stunningly little about, including organisms that might be just as vulnerable to fire, and vital to Australia’s ecological recovery: the fungi. MORE
Header image: Fungi play a crucial role in ecosystems around the world. Credit: Amanita sp, Geastrum sp and Aseroe sp. Adam Frew.