June 23, 2017

The Secret of Fairy Rings

Numerous species of mushrooms draw on the ground circles which have, at all times, intrigued. The story begins with a spore germinating and releasing...
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April 19, 2017

Brexit and Mushrooms

Toadstools is a British word for suspect mushrooms. In the 5th Century, Germanic tribes, migrating from northern Germany, brought the rather unappetizing word...
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March 30, 2017

Holistic mushrooms

From April first to July 20th 1934, Austrian anthropologist David Winkler stayed in a northern Amazonian region where he visited remote Wayampi villages. The...
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February 27, 2017

Mushrooms named desire

Through time and people, mushrooms have had the reputation of boosting sexual ardour.   The truffle, for example, had this reputation among ancient Greeks....
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December 11, 2016

Dry Rot Fungus: the nightmare

Some mushrooms do not only bring benefits. In our area of northeastern North America, the dry rot fungus (Serpula lacrymans) has been spreading. In some...
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March 28, 2016

Greed in the mushroom patch

In a public confession written over 21 years ago, disclosed only early this year, Olympic champion Wang Junxia, 46 years old today, and nine of her then...
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January 30, 2016

Is Chaga harvesting sustainable?

You must have already seen Chaga high on a tree. At first sight, you thought you had discovered a coal chunk in an unlikely place. The mushroom is a ubiquitous...
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December 12, 2015

The Mushroom Shrine

The Artist Conk (Ganoderma applanatum) forms a semi-circular plate emerging from deciduous trees. Abundant across our hemisphere, it is non-digestible and...
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November 5, 2015

Undocumented migrant spores

For millennia, the geographical distribution of fungal species evolved very slowly: despite their infinitesimal weight, spores generally land only a few meters...
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July 9, 2015

Overview of poisonings in North America

Annually in the US, the North American Mycological Association registers very few deaths related to wild mushroom consumption, generally less than four per...
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