Mycelium Running

Mycelium Running

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781580085793
Branch Call Number: 579.5 S783m 2005
579.5163 ST21M 2005
Characteristics: xi, 339 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

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Sep 04, 2016

The author makes some significant claims at the beginning of the book about the use of mycelia to remediate many environmental issues. But he has real data and experience to back these up, which he does in the following easy-to-read and well-illustrated chapters. The examples are almost all from the Pacific west coast, which is temperate and rainy. I did wonder if the methods described would work as well in boreal and drier conditions. Perhaps just more slowly. Highly recommended.

Jul 21, 2010

So very intriguing. Mushrooms are very mysterious, and after reading this experts' findings and experiments, they are so much more delightful then I ever realized. What a find!! I loved finding out that they can eat oil!!!


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