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Posted by Veronica, selected from Ode magazine Apr 6, 2009 5:26 pm, By
Once you have heard “renaissance mycologist” Paul Stamets talk about
mushrooms, you will never look at the world–not to mention your
backyard–in the same way again. The author of two seminal textbooks,
The Mushroom Cultivator and Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms,
Stamets runs Fungi Perfecti, a family-owned gourmet and medicinal
mushroom business in Shelton, in Washington. His convictions about the
expanding role that mushrooms will play in the development of earth-
friendly technologies and medicines have led him to collect and clone
more than 250 strains of wild mushrooms–which he stores in several on
and off-site gene libraries.
Until recently, claims Stamets, mushrooms were largely ignored by the
mainstream medical and environmental establishment. Or, as he puts it,
“they suffered from biological racism.” But Stamets is about to thrust
these higher fungi into the 21st century. In collaboration with
several public and private agencies, he is pioneering the use of
“mycoremediation” and “mycofiltration” technologies. These involve the
cultivation of mushrooms to clean up toxic waste sites, improve
ecological and human health, and in a particularly timely bit of
experimentation, break down chemical warfare agents possessed by
“Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species
in habitat restoration,” says Stamets, who predicts that
bioremediation using fungi will soon be a billion-dollar industry. “If
we just stay at the crest of the mycelial wave, it will take us into
heretofore unknown territories that will be just magnificent in their
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Originally posted by grover
There is just one problem with this... most mushrooms live off of decaying matter... usually vegetable though some do parasitize animals... if there is nothing there for them to live on... how will they do what they do?
BTW fungi are NOT plants... they are their own kingdom and do NOT need CO2 to survive.
[edit on 13-4-2009 by grover]
Originally posted by king9072
We seen how well the introduction of Cane toads in Australia went. Introducing species to foreign environments can often have unforeseen and very messy implications. Hopefully they will look into all the possibilities before just throwing a bunch of bacteria onto another planet.
Originally posted by Donnie Darko
does anyone see any problems with this idea? or is it a go go?
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