Fungi

We enable the world to understand the opportunities and wonders of Fungi

We facilitate the exploration, discovery, documentation, conservation and preservation of the world’s most important kingdom, fungi

Giuliana Furci
[Credit: Verónica López]


Fungi make systems into ecosystems

Giuliana Furci

Chief Executive Director, Fungi Foundation

Why Fungi matter
to the world

The next climate hero?

Fungi enables us to create processed materials. Simultaneously, it can help us to digest certain materials. Plastics, for instance. Fungi is nature's recycler.

You eat it every day

Fungi are responsible for almost all our food production. Without Fungi, you wouldn’t get your weekend beer or wine.

90% of all Fungi are still hiding out there…

… and +2000 new ones are discovered each year. This is your chance to discover one and get it named after you.

Lifesaving Fungi Icon

Life-saving abilities

+200 million lives have been saved due to the world’s most famous Fungi, Penicillium, which is used in crafting the medication process of Penicillin.

World’s largest organism

Did you know that the largest living organism is a single gigantic specimen of honey mushroom?

Is this real or am I dreaming?

216 species of fungi are thought to be psychedelic. Some of them are investigated to cure mental disease.

Partners of the Foundation

The Fungi Foundation and its contributors work for the fungi, their habitats and the people who depend on them.

We allow people to explore & value the connections and wonders of mushrooms

Fungi Foundation is the first NGO in the world to work entirely for the protection and promotion of fungi

The Fungi Foundation is a global organization that explores Fungi to increase knowledge of its diversity, promote innovative solutions to contingent problems, educate about its existence and responsible applications, as well as recommending public policy for their conservation.

Russula sardonia
[Credit: Carolina Magnasco]
Amanita muscaria mushroomYellow Fungi
Cortinarius magellanicus

Fungus of the day

Cortinarius magellanicus

This intensely purple fungus is a mycorrhizal species mainly associated with trees of the genus Nothofagus such as coihue, ñire, pellín oak and rauli. Endemic to the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina, it appears in autumn, where it is usually seen growing on the ground in large numbers in the Andean forests.

We expand the
boundaries of mycology

Our initiatives are creating a healthy planet, in which fungi are recognized as the interconnectors and recyclers of nature.
Below you can find some of our blog posts.

2012
The beginning

Giuliana Furci founds the Fungi Foundation.

2013
Chilean environmental law

Fungi are effectively included in Chilean environmental law (in the reform to the Law on General Bases of the Environment, No.19.300.

2014
FFCL Fungarium

The Foundation’s collection of dehydrated fungi is indexed in the Index Herbariorum, coordinated by the New York Botanical Garden. The code FFCL is assigned to our collection which is the first exclusive collection of fungi in Chile.

2015
Exhibition "Fungi, A Kingdom to be Discovered"

Fundación Fungi, along with the National Museum of Natural History, create the exhibition “Fungi, A Kingdom to be Discovered”, which travels through Chilean cities. This is the first exhibition exclusively on Fungi in Chile’s history.

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