Mycelium Running : How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World: Book by Paul Stamets

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Mycelium Running is a guidebook for ecological healing using mycology, authored by mushroom expert Paul Stamets. It presents an innovative idea: cultivating more mushrooms could be one of the most effective strategies for environmental conservation. This seminal work explains how.

The core concept revolves around “mycelium”—microscopic cells that produce mushrooms. These cells play a crucial role in recycling carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal matter, enriching the soil in the process. Stamets’ groundbreaking discovery is that we can harness the mycelium’s natural decomposition ability to clean up toxic wastes and pollutants through mycoremediation, reduce silt and pathogens in water systems through mycofiltration, control pest populations using mycopesticides, and boost forest and garden health with mycoforestry and myco-gardening.

This comprehensive manual details these four innovative areas of what Stamets calls “mycorestoration.” Additionally, it covers the medicinal and nutritional benefits of mushrooms, inoculation techniques, and methods for cultivating mushrooms on logs and stumps. It also guides on selecting mushroom species for various ecological tasks. Thoroughly referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is set to become an essential resource for future generations interested in mushrooms and environmental sustainability.

Explore our collection of Mycology Books to dive deeper into this fascinating fungal world.

ISBN: 9781580085793
ISBN-10: 1580085792
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: October 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 18.8 x 2.3
Edition Number: 1

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