Mycelium Running

Mycelium Running

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

eBook - 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.
ISBN: 9781607741244
1607741245
Characteristics: 1 online resource (435 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: The mycelial mind: Mycelium as nature's Internet ; The mushroom life cycle ; Mushrooms in their natural habitats ; The medicinal mushroom forest
Mycorestoration: Mycofiltration ; Mycoforestry ; Mycoremediation ; Mycopesticides
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
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Summary: 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.

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JLMason
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.

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Iowakid
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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