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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 (184 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 (76 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 (139 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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General: UK government puts the lid on magic mushrooms
Posted by Psynaut on Thursday, August 05 @ 08:13:26 UTC (176 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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General: Who's the boss?
Posted by Psynaut on Tuesday, April 13 @ 07:13:33 UTC (66 reads)

General Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.

- Terence McKenna

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Cultivation: Fungi and Ants
Posted by Psynaut on Sunday, April 04 @ 05:43:59 UTC (143 reads)

General Long before humans started farming, in fact long before humans even existed, the first farmers were ants. Some tropical ants collect leaves which they use to grow fungi in their undergound nests. The ants cannot digest the leaves directly, and so they feed exclusively on the fungi that they farm. The leafcutter ants, or attine ants, include the genus Atta and they eat a significant amount of vegetation - typically 12 - 15% of all of the leaves produced in South American forests. They may have been eating fungi for up to 50 million years, and during that time they have co-evolved with their fungal partners.

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General: Match mushrooms to your meal
Posted by Psynaut on Sunday, April 04 @ 03:00:45 UTC (108 reads)

General New kinds of mushrooms are popping up in grocery stores, leading to questions from cooks and consumers. What are the leading varieties, and how do you select and store them?

1) Chefs have always loved mushrooms, and now so do home cooks. "Mushrooms are the hottest item in produce," said Willie Itule, owner of Itule Produce in Phoenix, which ships mushrooms to Arizona stores and restaurants daily. Mushrooms have an earthy taste, are low in carbohydrates, and contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium. Select mushrooms that are smooth, firm and unblemished. Handle with care - mushrooms bruise every time they are touched. Do not wash before storing. Keep them in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before cooking or serving, rinse quickly in cool water, drain and shake off water.

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General: Worlds Largest Living Organism
Posted by Psynaut on Sunday, April 04 @ 01:04:56 UTC (1056 reads)

General People have known about the "honey mushroom" for some time, but were not aware of how large and invasive this species of fungus could be. The fungus was investigated more closely by researchers when they realized that it was responsible for killing large groves of evergreen trees. When foresters cut into an infected tree they would find spreading white filaments, mycelia, which draw water and carbohydrates from the tree to feed the fungus. Researchers collected samples of the fungus from a widespread area and analyzed the DNA. A large sample of the specimens they collected turned out to be from a single organism.

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General: Mushrooms Play a Role in Cancer Research
Posted by Psynaut on Sunday, April 04 @ 00:38:50 UTC (118 reads)

General The statistics are startling. One in three women get cancer. Half of all men do. With odds like that, it is understandable why millions, if not billions, of dollars are spent every year in this country on cancer research.

And that research involves everything from the largest pharmaceutical firms to state of the art medical complexes and even one man in the Ozarks and his crop of mushrooms. His name is Tim Hite and he's lost both friends and family to the disease. For that reason, he's dedicated his life to looking into alternative forms of medicine.

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