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Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Stamets, Paul
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Format: Paperback, 340pp.
Date of publication: Oct 01 2005
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN-13: 9781580085793
Dimensions: 22.76 cm. (length) X 19.05 cm. (width) X 2.29 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 1022 grams
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Author Note
PAUL STAMETS, founder of Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com), has been a dedicated mycologist for more than thirty years. He is the 1998 recipient of the Collective Heritage Institute’s Bioneers Award and the 1999 recipient of the Founder of a New Northwest Award from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. Stamets has written five books on mushroom cultivation, use, and identification and numerous articles and scholarly papers on medicinal, culinary, and psycho-active mushrooms. His books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (co-author) have long been hailed as the definitive texts on mushroom cultivation. [Edit review] [Delete review]
Table of Contents
Contents
 
Foreword . . . . . viii
Preface . . . . . x
Acknowledgments . . . . . xi
 
PART I  THE MYCELIAL MIND . . . . . 1
   1   Mycelium as Nature’s Internet . . . . . 2
   2   The Mushroom Life Cycle . . . . . 12
   3   Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitats . . . . . 19
   4   The Medicinal Mushroom Forest . . . . . 35
 
PART II  MYCORESTORATION . . . . . 55
   5    Mycofiltration . . . . . 58
   6    Mycoforestry . . . . . 69
   7    Mycoremediation . . . . . 86
   8    Mycopesticides . . . . . 114
 
PART III  GROWING MYCELIA AND MUSHROOMS . . . . . 125
   9    Inoculation Methods: Spores, Spawn, and Stem Butts . . . . . 126
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Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.
 
The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).
 
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As a physician and practitioner of integrative medicine, I find this book exciting and optimistic because it suggests new, nonharmful possibilities for solving serious problems that affect our health and the health of our environment. Paul Stamets has come up with those possibilities by observing an area of the natural world most of us have ignored. He has directed his attention to mushrooms and mycelium and has used his unique intelligence and intuition to make discoveries of great practical import. I think you will find it hard not to share the enthusiasm and passion he brings to these pages.
--From the foreword by Andrew Weil, MD, author of Eating Well for Optimum Health
 
“Stamets is a visionary emissary from the fungus kingdom to our world, and the message he’s brought back in this book, about the possibilities fungi hold for healing the environment, will fill you with wonder and hope.“
 --Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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Part I
 
THE MYCELIAL MIND
 
There are more species of fungi, bacteria, and protozoa in a single scoop of soil than there are species of plants and vertebrate animals in all of North America. And of these, fungi are the grand recyclers of our planet, the mycomagicians disassembling large organic molecules into simpler forms, which in turn nourish other members of the ecological community. Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death.
 
Look under any log lying on the ground and you will see fuzzy, cobweblike growths called mycelium, a fine web of cells which, in one phase of its life cycle, fruits mushrooms. This fine web of cells courses through virtually all habitats--like mycelial tsunamis--unlocking nutrient sources stored in plants and other organisms, building soils. The activities of mycelium help heal and steer ecosystems on their evolutionary path, cycling nutrients through the food chain. As land masses and... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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