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24th March 2011, 02:14
Tigerlilly asked me to post this material, so I am starting this thread. Good information regarding mushrooms.

Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

The tragedy in Japan has brought into focus, for me, what we could do to help heal the ecosystem. I suggest a novel mycoremediation strategy: The Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone. This approach would be to utilize the abundant wood debris, chipping it, and placing the chipped wood over the most contaminated landscapes. Thereupon, trees with mycorrhizal mushrooms, native to Japan, would uptake and hyperaccumulate radioactive metals, a phenomenon brought into focus after Chernobyl where one mushroom, Gomphidius glutinosus, concentrated 10,000 x the background, ambient levels of cesium 137.

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24th March 2011, 02:32
and that's one of the reasons why I don't eat mushrooms any more.

Lion Monkey
24th March 2011, 02:58
and that's one of the reasons why I don't eat mushrooms any more.

Not all mushrooms accumulate radiation - only certain types. The main ones we cultivate for food such as oyster and ****ake do not. There are a staggering number of different varieties of fungi out there, and they all perform a wide variety of functions - some of them quite different from each other.

The work of Paul Stamets discusses some pretty amazing things, including how the patterns in the mycelial network of fungi roots (mycelium) mathc the same architype and patterns of how brain astrocites form, and how galaxies cluster together - it is a pattern that nature repeats at different scales. Researchers at the university of Edinborough found that the mathematical ratios and formula for mycelial networks exactly matched those of the internet - thus showing that the internet is a natural part of the evolution of consciousness and life.

Mushrooms are also a keystone for habitat restoration and plant community health - I use them a lot in my permaculture work, and they have also been used to good effect in detoxifying rainforest contaminated with oil by Texaco (Toxico) in Ecuador.

Here is a great film about the initial stages of the oil waste mycoremediation in Ecuador:

You can also see a much longer (1 hour) and more detailed version of Paul Stamets' presentation than the ted talk, which he gave at the 2008 International Permaculture Convergence in Brazil........download it here: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO1WjFRL_XA)

Very interesting stuff, which I highly recommend studying, from a consciousness raising point of view as much as an ecological restoration one.

Funny, but this is the second time today I find myself writing about this subject on the internet... no such thing as a coincidence.

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Ha ha ha ha.

The automatic robot censor has censored my mushroom post: ****ake mushroom. I didnt know that composit and unintentional profanity was not allowed.

for those of you who still cant work out what it was, here is the name of that mushroom backwards: ekatihs


24th March 2011, 03:27

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