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Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help…

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

by Paul Stamets

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Four kinds of mushrooms:
*Saprophytic - decomposers [primary, secondary, tertiary]
*Parasitic - “blights of the forest or agents for habitat restoration?”
*Mycorrhizal - “fungus and plant partnerships”
*Endophytic - mutualistic, fungal partnerships

*Mycofiltration - filtering out manure
*Mycoforestry - preventing parasitic fungi with other fungi
*Mycoremediation - restoring logging roads, digesting diesel fuel, collecting radiation and heavy metals
*Mycopesticides - ant-proofing your house

Growing Mycelia and Mushrooms:
*Inoculation Methods: Spores, Spawn, and Stem Butts
*Cultivating Mushrooms on Straw and Leached Cow Manure
*Cultivating Mushrooms on Logs and Stumps
*Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
*Nutritional Properties of Mushrooms
*Magnificent Mushrooms: The Cast of Species


I absolutely loved this book. It’s basically an overview of what a first grader should know about the fungal kingdom. Unfortunately, probably only about 1% of the US population have a rudimentary understanding of mushrooms.

For people who like science: this is your book. Genus and species. Scientific papers. This book is full of science.

For permaculturists: you should read this too. Restoration agriculture. Bioremediation. Ecology.

And for herbalists and healers: mushrooms are your allies! Mushrooms can cure pretty much anything.

Mushrooms are the Wild West right now. Compared to other sectors of the natural world, we know almost nothing about them. Join the pioneers and become a mycologist!

In summary, the subtitle of this book is right on; mushrooms could save the world. ( )
  willszal | Jan 3, 2016 |
Paul Stamets, the mac daddy of mushroom cultivation and science. Mushrooms are important not only to forest life as we know it, but to human life as well.
  rockinchair | Apr 10, 2012 |
Previously I thought the author was just a mushroom geek. Now it's clear that he's also a serious scientist. In this book he explores quite a few topics you would never think of being associated with fungi, as well as presenting the research and references to support his discussion. ( )
  varroa | Nov 18, 2008 |
Needed to learn the antimicrobial properties of mushrooms and found it ALL here. Good photos for use in my grove myco cultivation skills. ( )
  obeehave | Oct 12, 2008 |
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Growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and mushroom expert Paul Stamets explains how in this groundbreaking manual. The science goes like this: fine filaments of cells called mycelium, the fruit of which are mushrooms, already cover large areas of land around the world. As the mycelium grows, it breaks down plant and animal debris, recycling carbon, nitrogen, and other elements in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets shows is that the enzymes and acids that mycelium produces to decompose this debris are superb at breaking apart hydrocarbons--the base of many pollutants. Stamets discusses the various branches of this exciting new technology, including mycorestoration (biotransforming stripped land), mycofiltration (creating habitat buffers), myco-remediation (healing chemically harmed environments), and mycoforestry (creating truly sustainable forests).--From publisher description.… (more)

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