Mycelium Running

Mycelium Running

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9781580085793
Branch Call Number: 579.5163
Characteristics: xi, 339 p. : col. ill. ; 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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