Paul Stamets, 2005, 352 pp
Permaculture and Trees,
This book is a gold mine for any gardener or forester, an embarrassment of riches in its 350 plus pages. Do you know that trees and other green plants could not grow and reach maturity without symbiotic associations with mushrooms and/or mycelium? Paul Stamets is an incredible individual. He has pioneered mycorestoration - using fungi to improve the health of the environment by filtering water, breaking down toxic wastes into harmless substances, helping trees to grow in forests and plants to grow in gardens, and by controlling insect pests. Fungi, most particularly from old growth forests, have shown impressive potential against many of our most troubling diseases. Mycelium is an often overlooked key ingredient in any form of permaculture. Two examples of Stamets’ practicality: when he mulched broccoli and brussels sprouts with sawdust inoculated with elm oyster mushroom spawn, the yields were 4 to 6 times that of beds without the mushrooms. And there were also choice edible mushrooms! He also found that inoculation of seeds with mycorrhizal fungi helps plants gather nutrients and prevent parasitization. Also explore his website: www.fungi.com.
From the Publisher:
"Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how."
"The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening)."
"In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration,” as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come."
APPROX WEIGHT: 2.26 lbs.