Saving the world with mushrooms

mycologist Paul StametsWe gotta admit that the title of this talk at Skidmore this evening caught our eye: "Solutions from Nature: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World."

Paul Stamets is the speaker -- he's a mycologist who studies the role mushrooms can play in environmental remediation. He's done research on the medicinal properties of mushrooms. From the blurb on the Skidmore site:

In his lecture, Stamets will discuss the evolution and future uses of mushrooms, touching on about a dozen species; as the visible "fruit" of some kinds of fungi, mushrooms multiply by sending out underground runners and help decompose plant and animal matter and create soil. Stamets believes they can also play a role in replacing chemical insecticides and breaking down toxic wastes, including petroleum-based products such as diesel and dioxins.

The talk starts at 5:30 pm in Skidmore's Gannett Auditorium. It's free.

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Earlier on AOA: A (very cool) fungus grows in Troy

photo: Dusty Yao-Stamets

Comments

Mushrooms can help feed the world too. I grow shitakes in hardwood I cut on my property

http://hereinthewoods.blogspot.com/2008/05/mushroom-logs-are-in-woods.html

Don't believe it for a second! I once ate mushrooms in college and my world was destroyed.

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