Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

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Ten Speed Press, 2005 - Gardening - 339 pages
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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).
 
In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration,” as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come.
  

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Review: Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

User Review  - Elle - Goodreads

Although I've barely started this book I'm already disappointed in how un-scientific it is. There's no doubt Stamets is an enthusiast and maybe one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Hainds - Goodreads

I am sure I'll revisit this book in the future. Paul Stamets is a mushroom genius. Read full review

Contents

Mycelium as Natures Internet
2
The Mushroom Life Cycle
10
Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitats
17
The Medicinal Mushroom Forest
33
Mycofiltration
54
Mycoforestry
65
Mycoremediation
82
Mycopesticides
110
GROWING MYCELIA AND MUSHROOMS
120
Glossary
301
Bibliography
307
Photography and Artwork Credits
325
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\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.

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