- 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.- Includes mycological projects for children (and kids at heart).- More than 50 full-color photographs of mushrooms, mycelium, mycotechnology in action, growing techniques, and so on.- Provides detailed how-tos for growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms--allies to the immune systems of both humans and our planet. Topics include techniques for germinating spares, transplanting wild mycelium, and creating natural spawn.
As a physician and practitioner of integrative medicine, I find this book exciting and optimistic because it suggests new, nonharmful possibilities for solving serious problems that affect our health and the health of our environment. Paul Stamets has come up with those possibilities by observing an area of the natural world most of us have ignored. He has directed his attention to mushrooms and mycelium and has used his unique intelligence and intuition to make discoveries of great practical import. I think you will find it hard not to share the enthusiasm and passion he brings to these pages.
--From the foreword by Andrew Weil, MD, author of "Eating Well for Optimum Health"
"Stamets is a visionary emissary from the fungus kingdom to our world, and the message he's brought back in this book, about the possibilities fungi hold for healing the environment, will fill you with wonder and hope."
--Michael Pollan, author of "The Botany of Desire"
"This is the kind of book I love: highly factual and practical and mixed with the spiritual content that sets the great writers apart from all the rest."
--John Norris, former deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and founder of the Bioterrorism Institute
"This is the first book to give the Kingdom of the Fungi its proper place in the scheme of things. It is the most important book on nature that I've seen in years."
--Gary Lincoff, author of "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms"
"A paradigm-changing book. Stamets's visionary insights are leading to a whole new understanding of how mushrooms, scarcely seen and rarely appreciated, regulate the earth's ecosystems."
--John Todd, founder and president of Ocean Arks International
"This visionary and practical book should be an instant classic in the emerging science of how to use nature's wisdom and fecundity to rescue the earth and ourselves from the unwelcome consequences of hum
|The Mycelial Mind||p. 1|
|Mycelium as Nature's Internet||p. 2|
|The Mushroom Life Cycle||p. 10|
|Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitats||p. 17|
|The Medicinal Mushroom Forest||p. 33|
|Growing Mycelia and Mushrooms||p. 121|
|Inoculation Methods: Spores, Spawn, and Stem Butts||p. 122|
|Cultivating Mushrooms on Straw and Leached Cow Manure||p. 157|
|Cultivating Mushrooms on Logs and Stumps||p. 168|
|Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms||p. 183|
|Magnificent Mushrooms: The Cast of Species||p. 197|
|Nutritional Properties of Mushrooms||p. 206|
|Photography and Artwork Credits||p. 325|
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Number Of Pages: 256
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 18.7 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.05