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Groundbreaking Research Gives Hope to Bees

Groundbreaking Research Gives Hope to Bees

Collaborative research between Host Defense's team and Washington State University has been published in Nature’s Scientific Reports! Mycelium extracts of polypore mushrooms (Reishi and Amadou) have been shown to confer an immune benefit to bees. This research provides an actionable solution against the...

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An Amazing Letter From a Cultivator in Syria...

An Amazing Letter From a Cultivator in Syria...

Not to sound too impressed with ourselves, but we get wonderful letters from happy customers and devoted fans all the time. And we love to read them! This one, though...this one brought tears to our eyes: "Hello, Paul. Fungi helped...

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Fungal Luminescence

Fungal Luminescence

The saprobe Panellus Stipticus displaying bioluminescence. Image courtesy of Wikipedia. Here in the Northwest mushroom season is finally in full-swing. October rains beckon mushroamers off trails and into the woods, in search of the elusive Matsutake and delicious Chanterelle. With days growing shorter,...

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Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Through Decomposition

Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Through Decomposition

Horticulturists have long understood the benefits of carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment in greenhouses and indoor gardens, and CO2 can often be a limiting factor for plant growth. As CO2 concentration rises above ambient levels, net photosynthesis increases. This improves plant fitness and...

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Get Associated With Mycorrhizae

Get Associated With Mycorrhizae

Say the word “Fungus” and most people think of the familiar white or brightly colored toadstools, puffballs, or bracket fungi on rotting logs. Many picture slimy growths of putrescence, moldy bread, spots on the leaves of their favorite rose and...

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Mushrooms for Dessert?

Mushrooms for Dessert?

Here at Fungi Perfecti, we love all edible mushrooms, not only those you can cultivate. So when we aren’t busy inoculating mushroom kits or researching new and innovative uses for fungi, many of us go hunting for the mushrooms we...

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Making Mushroom Paper

Making Mushroom Paper

Did you know that paper can be made from mushrooms? The cell walls of fungi are made of a biological polymer called chitin, which is a similar to cellulose—the key ingredient in plant-based paper. The use of cellulose fibers from...

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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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What Happened to the Name "Agaricus blazei?"

What Happened to the Name "Agaricus blazei?"

The taxonomy of the mushroom known as Himematsutake or the Royal Sun Agaricus has been confused until recently. The species being grown in China, Japan and Brazil is, in fact, not Agaricus blazei but a new species, now called Agaricus brasiliensis. To read more...

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