Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Paperback)

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    PAUL STAMETS, founder of Fungi Perfecti (, has been a dedicated mycologist for more than thirty years. He is the 1998 recipient of the Collective Heritage Institute’s Bioneers Award and the 1999 recipient of the Founder of a New Northwest Award from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. Stamets has written five books on mushroom cultivation, use, and identification and numerous articles and scholarly papers on medicinal, culinary, and psycho-active mushrooms. His books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (co-author) have long been hailed as the definitive texts on mushroom cultivation.
    Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing moremushrooms 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.


    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9781580085793
    Genre GARDENING / Reference
    Format Paperback
    Pages 339
    Publisher Date 2005-10-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ten Speed Pr
    Copyright Year 2005
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 7.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 2.2 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
    Audience Professional and scholarly
    Authors Stamets, Paul

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    • Excellent book for a mycofile!

      I love mushrooms... learning about them, hunting them, trying to grow them. This book has so much great information in it! Paul Stamets is on the bleeding edge of myco-technology and the use of fungi to clean up toxic waste etc. All that information is wonderful, but the information on how to propagate mushrooms is invaluable. And the book was a great price! I've been devouring it -- over and over -- since it arrived.

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    • I love this book

      This book arrived on time (between 5 and 14 business days), as expected. I didn't notice anything particularly speedy about the delivery. The packaging was adequate. What was great about this purchase was: 1) the book arrived as expected, 2) it is in great condition, 3) I employed the gift address option... and it worked! 4) it was the least expensive of all options (shipping included), 5) it's packed full of useful and interesting information; it would make a great textbook (a must-read for all mycophiles), and... 6) my boyfriend loves it! Thank you for making this gift possible.

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    • Pretty Good Book

      This book was a pretty interesting read and touched on a lot of possibilities, techniques and ideas pertaining to the use of fungal mycelia as an invaluable tool when applied to permaculture. Definitely worth taking a look at if you're interested in personal or large-scale sustainability. If you're looking for a book on cultivating mushrooms, this is not really it. Although it does touch on it a bit here and there, I would highly recommend Stamet's other book: The Mushroom Cultivator instead.

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