Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets’ research is the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.

There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet.

“Once you’ve heard ‘renaissance mycologist’ Paul Stamets talk about mushrooms, you’ll never look at the world — not to mention your backyard — in the same way again.” -Linda Baker, Salon.com


The mushroom biologist talks about the antimicrobial properties of fungi, how they can be used as potent insecticides, and how they may help boost the human immune system.

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4 Responses to “Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world”

  1. Jack Damn says:

    Very cool! Thanks for posting these. Love this kind of stuff.

  2. jameslei says:

    Last year, we bought two sets of fungi grow kits from his company FungiPerfecti, nothing growed out and they turned into black stuff with strong smells. Kids lost interests on fungi at all…

  3. A7L-B says:

    Astronomers and planetologists demonstrated, many years ago, that many varieties of spores can rise to the top of earth’s atmosphere and literally be blown into interplanetary space by the solar wind.

    Apollo 12′s return of Surveyor 3 parts, rich in subsequently-revived microbes, demonstrated these microbes can easily survive extended periods in the space climate.

    Thus, it is likely many microbes have migrated to potentially all local planets.

    One can only wonder how these have evolved into potentially beneficial life forms.

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