How does a truffle travel? Sounds like a cheesy joke but its actually a serious ecological question. Truffles are underground fungi that are dug up by animals and spread throughout forests. Their presence in the soil helps plants survive and cause soils to be turned over by animals.
With the loss of native mammals across Australia, truffles are in trouble and so are the forests they live in. Todd Elliott is a research scientist at the University of New England that studies the dispersal of truffle spores by native mammals.
Todd’s research is supported by a Research Excellence Award from In Situ Science and the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England.
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