Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - willszal - LibraryThing
Overview Four kinds of mushrooms: *Saprophytic - decomposers [primary, secondary, tertiary] *Parasitic - “blights of the forest or agents for habitat restoration?” *Mycorrhizal - “fungus and plant ... Read full review
Excellent book for a mycofile!User Review - katioly - Overstock.com
I love mushrooms... learning about them hunting them trying to grow them. This book has so much great information in it! Paul Stamets is on the bleeding edge of mycotechnology and the use of fungi to ... Read full review
Mycelium as Natures Internet
The Mushroom Life Cycle
Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitats
The Medicinal Mushroom Forest
PART GROWING MYCELIA AND MUSHR00MS
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