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Mushroom Events: Vancouver Island Annual Fall Mushroom Show
Posted by Psynaut on Thursday, October 28 @ 23:44:22 UTC (99 reads)

Mushroom Events Sunday October 31
Swan Lake Nature Center 10am to 4pm.
Mushrooms from around Victoria on display. There may be T-shirts, taste tests, or other surprises. Bring mushrooms so that experts can try to identify them.
For more info: www.svims.ca/events.htm

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General: That fungus among us is good for more than just eating
Posted by Psynaut on Friday, October 08 @ 03:18:32 UTC (153 reads)

General A visionary biologist says mushrooms are potent antiviral and antibacterial agents, as well as key boosters to the human immune system. They also might end up saving the earth. To lots of folks, a middle-aged man who says mushrooms can save the world falls into the category of turbo-freak. But to some environmentalists, scientists and major investors, Paul Stamets is the trippiest of profitable kings.

"Mushrooms restore health both on the personal and ecological level," says Stamets, a mycologist and owner of Fungi Perfecti, a family-owned mushroom business in Shelton, Wash. "Mushrooms can heal people and the planet."

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General: Mushrooms in the medicine cabinet?
Posted by Psynaut on Friday, October 08 @ 03:11:39 UTC (66 reads)

General ST. PAUL, Minn. - Can the tasty mushroom help fight cancer?

That's a deliciously appealing question a team of University of Minnesota researchers hope to answer within five years.

"It's impossible to predict the outcome, but we may find novel compounds that haven't been considered by pharmaceutical companies for their anti-cancer attributes," said Bryn Dentinger, a graduate student in the university's department of plant biology and a member of the research team.

While mushrooms have pretty much remained a delicacy in the United States, they have a long medical history in other parts of the world.

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General: Monster fungus mushrooms in Switzerland
Posted by Psynaut on Friday, October 08 @ 03:05:29 UTC (115 reads)

General Zurich - Europe's biggest mushroom growth, spanning an area 800 by 500 metres, has been discovered in a Swiss national park, scientists said on Friday.

The 1 000-year-old fungus, covering an area equivalent to around 100 soccer fields, was found near the Ofenpass in the mountainous south-eastern state of Grisons and judged to be a single growth after a detailed survey.

"The majority of the fungus is an underground network that looks a bit like shoelaces. The surface mushrooms look like the normal type you would pick, and are brown to yellow," said Muriel Bendel, a spokesperson for the Swiss research association for forestry, snow and countryside (WSL).

The fungus, "Armillaria ostoyae" or honey mushroom, is edible, the WSL said, adding it had been known since Roman times for its cleansing effects on the digestive tract - as long as it was eaten raw. But certain forms can kill trees.

The WSL said Switzerland's monster mushroom was trumped only by a growth in the United States, which covers a surface area of nine square kilometres weighs an estimated 600 tons.

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Hunting: Mushroom harvesters strike
Posted by Psynaut on Friday, October 08 @ 02:16:33 UTC (142 reads)

Hunting CRESCENT JUNCTION, Ore. -- Matsutake mushrooms were a fast fortune once for the many Southeast Asian immigrants who prowled the pine forests of the Oregon Cascades for the beige-white fungi.
In the early 1990s the price went crazy, at times topping $500 a pound for sale fresh to a voracious market in Japan.

That didn't last, but in early September, when the pickers moved into the camps for the two-month season, the price was still $28 a pound for top grade matsutakes.

Then the bottom dropped out -- to $18 a pound, to $8, to $4, then to $3.

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Hunting: New images posted in Gallery
Posted by Psynaut on Friday, October 08 @ 01:56:29 UTC (57 reads)

Hunting Just added some more mushroom images to the gallery.
Check them out:
- Panaeolus foenisecii
- White Worm Coral - Clavaria vermicularis
- Chanterelle - Cantharellus cibarius and White Chanterelle - Cantharellus subalbidus
- Lobster Mushroom - Hypomyces lactifluorum
- Bolete

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Cultivation: Farmer smells profit in gourmet fungi
Posted by Psynaut on Thursday, August 05 @ 08:18:09 UTC (155 reads)

Cultivation Denzil Sturgiss grew up on a property in the rugged headwaters of the Shoalhaven River and until about six years ago had never heard of truffles.

He has still never tasted the great French delicacy used to flavour gourmet food, but hopes it will generously fund his retirement. Mr Sturgiss, 60, is one of the small band of NSW farmers who have taken a punt on producing one of the world's most elusive and expensive food items.

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General: UK government puts the lid on magic mushrooms
Posted by Psynaut on Thursday, August 05 @ 08:13:26 UTC (152 reads)

General Timothy Leary, the intellectual cheerleader of chemical transcendence, said that when he ate magic mushrooms in Mexico in 1960 he learned more in four hours than in all his years as a psychologist.

Forty-four years later, seekers of knowledge need only take a stroll along one of London's famous high streets and visit one of the many "shroom shops" to test his theory. Furthermore, they can do it without breaking the law.

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Mushroom Events: New Mushroom Club in Tennessee
Posted by Psynaut on Sunday, July 25 @ 01:45:18 UTC (40 reads)

Mushroom Events tnshroomin writes "The Cumberland Mycoligical Society will have their first meeting August 12 at 7:00 p.m. EST at 210 South Cherry Street, Lenoir City, TN

http://cumberland-myco-soc.tripod.com/

Dave"

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Hunting: Monster mushroom found in field
Posted by Psynaut on Saturday, July 03 @ 02:45:58 UTC (89 reads)

Hunting A giant mushroom measuring four times the size of a football has been found by a couple in Aberdeenshire.

The unusual find, discovered growing in a field, measures 3ft long and weighs about 9kg.

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