Paul Stamets believes that mushrooms can save the world.
How? With a process he calls "Mycoremediation." Habitats and humans share the same immune systems and fungi are the cellular bridges between the two. Mushroom mycelium is unique in its ability to grow to thousands of acres in size, and function as a central foundation of the food web, steering the evolution of resident populations of microbes (protozoa, bacteria, other fungi), plants and animals. By supporting mycodiversity, sustainability, and adaptivity to catastrophia (whether natural or human made)...is better assured. Fungi generate the soils that sustain life.
The formula for Mycoremediation =
bioremediation(1) - bio(2) + mykos(3)
(1) "bioremediation" = using the metabolism of microorganisms to remove pollutants
(2) "bios" = (Greek root) related to life
(3) "mykos" = (Greek root) mushrooms
How can Mycelium Mycoremediate?
1. Specific mushrooms can grow in a surrounding mycological landscape catering to a family's health and habitat needs
2. Mycelial mats can be used to destroy toxins (like oil spills)
3. When paired with plants, mycelial mandalas can be used in gardening and lanscaping to control pests
4. Mushroom riparian zones can help feed fish and improve moisture retention in soils
Mushrooms not only decompose wood, they can decompose toxins and fight bacteria and virsuses with unique compounds, many of which are new to medicine and can help bolster the immune system.
Although one species may bear frut from a thousand bags, they are in fact one organism separated geographically, like mycelial islands, each originating from the same petri dish.
Paul is a mycologist, a scientist who specializes in the study of fungi. He was first attracted to fungi because he saw them as "forbidden fruits."