December 2019 Mycoscope
Animal Instincts
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We will celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2020



Our excursions aim to introduce you to the surrounding forests and to create links between the forests and all those who are fascinated by nature. There are a few places left for our first hike in May 2020, Early Spring Mushrooms and Plants. Latecomers can catch up by registering soon at one of the twenty such excursions that will be scheduled. All excursions will be within a 100km radius of Montreal.

Numerous other events have been programmed to prepare you for next summer`s mushroom season:

January 26 is the first day of our intensive three-day training course and is for those who have access to private and public forest lots;
On March 26th, a recreational introduction to local wild mushrooms for beginners eager to know;
On April 5th, a hands-on workshop on growing mushrooms outdoors to take advantage of your surplus wood or to diversify your gardens.
Stay tuned for other exciting encounters of the third kind. 



Discover a fun bedside lamp or a recipe book from the cold among our many gift ideas for your loved ones, your colleagues. 



Essential books at bargain prices for Christmas by authors Lincoff, McNeil, and Després. Gary Lincoff, who passed away last March is an iconic figure of mycology: his Field Guide to North American Mushrooms is still an unsurpassed bestseller. McNeil's Le Grand Livre is the most up to date and complete reference on Eastern North American species. Després' Champignons comestibles showcases the best photos of the region`s best edibles. 



In all sorts of ways, mushrooms manipulate animal instincts to spread their spores and reproduce themselves. One species (Entomophthora muscae) has developed a Machiavellian ploy. They propel their viscous spores into the air. The spores stick to flies, penetrate their bodies and hinder their breathing. Whether male or female, the victim comes to rest, exposes its abdomen and spreads its wings. This pose, typical of sexually receptive females, attracts males who, believing they are going to mate, become contaminated with the spores.

In his recent book Fungipedia, Lawrence Millman, an outstanding storyteller, describes, among many others, this astonishing subterfuge that takes advantage of animal impulses.



On November 1st, 2019, at McGill University, Ingmar Gorman and Elizabeth Nielson, psychologists, and Simon Amar, a psychiatrist, spoke about the evolution of psychotherapies based on MDMA (ecstasy) and psilocybin, which is present in several species of mushrooms. The progress is so convincing for people suffering from depression, anxiety, various addictions that in 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration ranked the approach as a Breakthrough Therapy. In How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan presents precisely these advances in the care of psychological distress.

Recently, a client who bought this captivating book told us about the addiction he suffered before taking daily microdoses of psilocybin. Does he properly measure the risk of taking without supervision these microdoses purchased online? To learn more, read our blog on the topic. 


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