Leaf cutter ants have been farming for longer than we have. Plus, they farm a monoculture. In some species, the ants and fungi are dependent on each other for survival. Find out more about ants this summer and fall at the Smithsonian.
A $750,000 prize from a Dutch lottery to fight global warming will help two recent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduates launch a company that uses mushroom fungus to make insulation and packaging material.
read more here I spoke to Eben Bayer last night and we are in dialog for a project with his product.
Lots of people were at the New York Mycological Society's first mushroom event of the season, and Gary kept spirits high for a four hour investigation of Central Park. See the photos in the bottom right side... video on it's way.
Now I understand why Paul Stammets sees mushrooms as Gaia's neural network: "Nutrients can be shown to move between different plants through the fungal network. Carbon has been shown to move from birch trees into fir trees thereby promoting succession in ecosystems." Ectomycorrhizas grow around the roots of plants and allow the root system to draw resources from a far wider territory.
Found this tasty mushroom soup recipe on this edibles blog.
Tried it with Idaho peeps yesterday - twas so tasty!
Morel Mushroom Soup:
Yield: 20-30 (large crowd)
This soup is flavorful, light and delicious. It can be served as an appetizer or luncheon entree. Because this soup has no cream - it freezes well. Serve the soup with a dark green leafy salad splashed with a fruity-vinaigrette. Cut the recipe down… Continue
This is a great show on WNYC about Stochasticity. "Dopamine is the same chemical that controls motivation, desire, and MOVEMENT." Listen as they trace our need to recognize patterns and believe in order. The rush of surprise leads to magical thinking...
Looking for morels in Idaho and Oregon! I found 2 morels - not edible because they had aged too much. I did find lots of Boletes though! They are spongy and orange colored. You have to shave off the bottom and eat the top portion of the cap according to Idaho locals. So amazing!
I always find it interesting to search for available curriculum on a certain topic, especially topics that are ecological. The conventional process of placing parameters and procedures on the process of "how to facilitate learning" often times results in the hyper specialization of certain knowledge bases, instead of providing opportunities for engagement and a better understandings of systems through a focal lens (ie. mycology) sorely needed for our youth.
Below a Linden Tree (One of Goethe's favorites) Central Park NYC June 8, 2009)
I am ever so slowly communicating with mushrooms. Trying to come to terms that I will not understand them fully overnight. But there is such a desire and urgency to want to grasp and identify them overnight, because it seems as if they appear overnight and begin to decompose the following day . Their lives seem short, but in fact their matter is long… Continue
It has been raining in Northeastern PA almost every day.The rain ceased for a bit on Tuesday afternoon, and while so, I was very fortunate to meet with a local forager, Nathaniel Whitmore. On his walk he pointed out the Reishi mushroom, a polypore, that we found on a decaying log of Hemlock. He picked one and I picked one.
Nathanial suggested a broth. I cut it into some pieces so it would fit in a pot, and simmered it for half of a… Continue
Yesterday Gary showed us a mushroom that, when sliced in half, reveals a great yellow that suddenly turns to blue as the air reaches it. The yellow is the secret life of the mushroom, the blue bleeds across the yellow in a minute or so (it's oxidizing). Then, we ate June berries, which taste like a rose smells. They are only ripe for 8 more days! I pulled them off the tree with my mouth, like a giraffe. Even after watching us happy snackers, many passersby asked: are those edible? This is the… Continue