Plant disease and wood decay as agents of geopolitical and philosophical change

Kevin Smith

February 18, Sunday, 11:30 am, Curtis Memorial Library (Morrell Reading Room), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

The common wood decay fungi we see as brackets, superficial crusts, and ramifying mycelium play an enormous role in the natural development of trees and forests. The common view of wood decay is in terms of lost value. This presentation will focus on a few examples of wood decay and other well-known fungi as responsible for pivotal events in cultural history, geopolitics, and the philosophy of science.

Kevin is a plant physiologist and forest researcher with the U.S. Forest Service in Durham, NH. His research specialties include studying decay fungi and the responses of trees to storm related injuries.


Directions: From I-295, take exit 28 (Brunswick, Route 1/Coastal Route). Continue east on Route 1 (Pleasant Street). At the third light continue straight where Route 1 bears left. Pleasant Street is now one-way. Curtis Library is 2.5 blocks down Pleasant Street on the right across from the Post Office. There is on street parking and additional parking behind the library. Please use the side entrance to the Morrell Meeting Room.


Photo:  Mary Yurlina