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The Search for Agarikon

The Search for Agarikon

My current priority is culturing the fungal residents in old growth forests. One mushroom species in particular beckons me: Agarikon, Fomitopsis officinalis. This mushroom has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and known for centuries as “elixirium ad longam...

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Mushroom Recipes

Stir-Fried Mushrooms

From Paul (not Stamets). ½ cup fresh whole Shiitake mushroom caps ½ cup fresh Oyster mushrooms, sliced into decent chunks ½ cup broccoli florets small handful fresh snow peas some pecan halves (the fresher the better) enough extra virgin olive...

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MycoRestoration of Abandoned Logging Roads

MycoRestoration of Abandoned Logging Roads

by Paul Stamets, Inventor & David Sumerlin, Project Manager (Several concepts, techniques, & products described herein are currently protected by pending patents and copyrights of Paul Stamets, who reserves all rights.) The Problem: Logging road networks such as this site...

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Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

Reprinted from Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets, ©1994, all rights reserved. Permaculture is a concept pioneered by Australian Bill Mollison and literally means "permanent agriculture". His model of biological diversity and complementary agricultural practices promotes a sustainable environment via...

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A Novel Approach to Farm Waste Management

A Novel Approach to Farm Waste Management

Originally published in the Winter 2000/2001 issue of Mushroom, The Journal The news from the heartland is not good. Manure ponds bursting with fecal-rich effluent leach dangerously into the watersheds. River ecosystems are imperiled. Pfisteria, E. Coli, amoebic parasites and viruses are posing ever-increasing...

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Helping the Ecosystem through Mushroom Cultivation

Helping the Ecosystem through Mushroom Cultivation

Adapted from the article, "Earth's Natural Internet" by Paul Stamets,published in the Fall 1999 issue of Whole Earth Magazine Mushroom growing isn't just a rapidly expanding agribusiness; it's also a significant tool for the restoration, replenishment and remediation of Earth's overburdened...

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A Simplified Overview of Mushroom Cultivation Strategies

A Simplified Overview of Mushroom Cultivation Strategies

Mushrooms reproduce through spores. In the highly competitive natural world, the chances of mushroom spores germinating and then producing a mushroom are slim. Within a laboratory, isolated from airborne contamination, the probability of success is much improved. What a cultivator...

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