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Old 03-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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Have been doing some interesting reading this morning. Check out the Ted talk by Paul Stamets. Also several links to some of his articles. You will love this. I found it through a post by Beatriz Moisset at Native Plant and Wildlife.
Mycorrhizae and the Web of Life

Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world | Video on TED.com




Fungi Perfecti: a biography of Paul Stamets
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:13 AM   #2
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Another good example of how all life is connected. Then, if you want to see how diverse animal life in the soil can be, use some variant of a Berlese funnel to sample your own soil, especially if it has a good cover of native turf/leaf litter.
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Berlese Funnels - Collecting Methods - Mississippi Entomological Museum Home
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That would be fun to try.Looks simple enough and a couple of the grandkids would love to help.

I'm checking out this book recommendation... Trees, Truffles and Beasts. How Forests Function By Maser,Claridge and Trappe
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A book that will be released in April that looks like it will be a good read. Expensive but sometimes the librarian can get these from the university on loan after the release date. The reviews make it sound good.

Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions Editor, Darlene Southworth

Amazon.com: Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions (9780813815947): Darlene Southworth: Books
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I've met Paul, read his wonderful Mycelium Running book and attended a talk that he gave at an Illinois Mycological Association meeting a couple or three years ago, essentially the talk in the video you link to, and agree that he's a very intelligent, creative guy who has lots of great ideas regarding using fungi to solve some serious environmental problems, but when he starts talking about mycelium being sentient and being a neurological network, I have to bite my tongue and wait for him to go on to something else. He tends to sometimes make some very unwarranted leaps of logic and also tends to be a bit controversial, to say the least.

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