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Mycelium running : how mushrooms can help save the world

Author: Paul Stamets
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Stamets
ISBN: 1580085792 9781580085793
OCLC Number: 60603170
Description: xi, 343 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The mycelial mind: Mycelium as nature's Internet ; The mushroom life cycle ; Mushrooms in their natural habitats ; The medicinal mushroom forest --
Mycorestoration: Mycofiltration ; Mycoforestry ; Mycoremediation ; Mycopesticides --
Growing mycelia and mushrooms: Inoculation methods : spores, spawn, and stem butts ; Cultivating mushrooms on straw and leached cow manure ; Cultivating mushrooms on logs and stumps ; Gardening with gourmet and medicinal mushrooms ; Nutritional properties of mushrooms ; Magnificent mushrooms : the cast of species --
Glossary --
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Other Titles: How mushrooms can help save the world
Responsibility: Paul Stamets.
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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's description

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