October 7, 2017

What's in a name?

The official name of a species is an internationally recognized origin certification: it determines the commercial value of a given mushroom. Thus, the...
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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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