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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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Paul Stamets holding a large Agarikon Mushroom. Photo by Dusty Yao

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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The Largest Mushroom in North America?

The Largest Mushroom in North America?

The largest mushroom in North America? The largest in the world? Paul Stamets visits the most massive conk alive of Bridgeoporus nobilissimus, the Noble Polypore, growing from a old-growth stump in central Oregon. This endangered species is a mycological mystery. This noble...

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USDA Forest Service General Technical Reports

USDA Forest Service General Technical Reports

These are free publications of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service on the subject of fungi and their relationship to the forest ecosystem and the people who interact with it. Several different documents are currently available. We will add to...

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