How Mushrooms Can Save the World
by Paul Stamets
More mushrooms, less pollution! Yes, you heard right: growing
more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment.
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 fungi expert Paul Stamets has discovered is
that mycelium also breaks down hydrocarbons -the base structure
in many pollutants. So, for instance, when soil contaminated with
diesel oil is inoculated with strains of oyster mushroom mycelia,
the soil loses its toxicity in just eight weeks. In MYCELIUM RUNNING,
Stamets discusses this revolutionary trend in mushroom cultivation
and provides tips for choosing the appropriate species of fungi
for various environmental purposes.
From the Publisher
A manual for healing the earth and creating sustainable forests
through mushroom cultivation, featuring mycelial solutions to
water pollution, toxic spills, and other ecological challenges.
Mycotechnology is part of a larger trend toward using living systems
to solve environmental problems and to restore ecosystems.
Covers mycorestoration (biotransforming stripped land), mycofiltration
(creating habitat buffers), mycoremediation (healing chemically
harmed environments), and mycoforestry (creating truly sustainable
7 1/2" 9" 340 pages