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Hypomyces lactifluorum, the lobster mushroom, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for August 2001. This month's fungus is Hypomyces lactifluorum, the lobster mushroom For the rest of my pages on fungi, please click This month's fungus is Hypomyces lactifluorum, the lobster mushroom.

Hypomyces lactifluorum, the lobster mushroom, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for August 2001

Technically Hypomyces is a parasite of other mushrooms, turning them into lobster mushrooms. The whole thing is called the lobster mushroom because of its red "shell" on the outside with white inside, much like cutting open a lobster, as shown to the left in my delicious dinner last August at the Humboldt Field Research Institute, Eagle Hill, Maine, where I taught a class on basidiomycetes. However, the red crust on the outside is the stromatic sterile tissue of the ascomycete (Hypomyces), and the white flesh on the inside is the flesh of a basidiomycete mushroom, presumably a Russula or Lactarius (more on this later).

Cultivating Lobster Mushrooms? - Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. Is this possible?

Cultivating Lobster Mushrooms? - Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

I know lobster mushrooms are actually Hypomyces Lactifluorum (a parasitic fungus) "infected" Lactarius or Russula mushrooms. I found this article published in 2001; their methods aren't included but are probably similar to that of chantrelle cultivation. It appears that these researchers have had success introducing Lactarius (unclear wether from spores or culture) into a pine seedling root system, which eventually lead to stable fruiting.

This part seems difficult enough but at least possible. The same techniques might work for similar species that Hypomyces like to infect. HOW TO: Grow your own mushrooms from recycled cardboard and coffee grounds. Book lovers and coffee drinkers no doubt have an excess of cardboard and coffee grounds on their hands.

HOW TO: Grow your own mushrooms from recycled cardboard and coffee grounds

But before you chuck them in the recycling bin, why not consider reusing those materials to grow mushrooms? It may sound strange at first, but nutrient-rich coffee grounds and corrugated cardboard are a match made in mushroom heaven. All you’ll need is a plastic container cleaned with rubbing alcohol and perforated with four to six quarter-inch holes; corrugated cardboard that’s been soaked in water for at least one to two days; quality mushroom spawn that can be found online; and spent coffee grounds, ideally from the day-of. Starting with the cardboard, layer the materials in the container like you would lasagna and cover each sprinkle of spawn with coffee grounds. Then, watch the magic happen! + A Piece of Rainbow The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. A Helmet Made of Mushroom Fiber?

Whoever said internships had to be boring?

A Helmet Made of Mushroom Fiber?

This simulation shows how the geodesic structure would unfold into an easily stashed strip. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.) Six students, chosen to participate in Autodesk’s Applied Innovation Internship, spent their summers at Autodesk’s Pier 9 facility. Their mission? To create an original design and push the limits of Autodesk’s CAD/CAE/CAM platform Fusion 360. Radical Mycology book to be released February 2nd. After two years in the making, the book Radical Mycology is set to release February 2nd, 2016!

Radical Mycology book to be released February 2nd

Stay tuned for more info on how to order the book. Pages: 600 pages Book Art: Black and white illustrations and photographs throughout, color plate center section. Plastic-Eating Mushroom Discovered in the Amazon Rainforest — A Solution for Our Trash Saturated World? By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World In a world addicted to plastic, it’s hard to imagine life without it.

Plastic-Eating Mushroom Discovered in the Amazon Rainforest — A Solution for Our Trash Saturated World?

The problem is, plastic doesn’t breakdown safely and has proven itself to be exceedingly toxic for the planet and its inhabitants. We’re drowning in the stuff and it doesn’t look like our reliance on the material will end anytime in the near future. Matsutake culture medium for clay seed pellets - Masanobu Fukuoka. The Amazon Mycorenewal Project. How to Harvest Microbes from the Land to Build Your Soil- Know Your Soil! Better Batteries Through Mushroom Technology. Mushrooms never cease to amaze.

Better Batteries Through Mushroom Technology

They’re one of the weirdest organisms on the planet, and we keep coming up with unexpected uses for them. Actually, some people think mushrooms aren’t from this planet at all. Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete. Mycologist Philip Ross is seriously into mushrooms, but not as a food -- instead, he uses fungi as a building material.

Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

Beneath the surface of the ground, fungi form a wide network of thin, rootlike fibers called mycelium. That part of the fungus isn't particularly tasty, but Ross discovered that when dried, it can be used to form a super-strong, water-, mold- and fire-resistant building material. Field And Forest Products, Inc. The Trouble With Tailings: Toxic Waste ‘Time Bombs’ Loom Large Over Alaska’s Salmon Rivers. There are a few unarguable truths about mine tailings, the pulverized rock, water and sludge left over from mineral extraction — mining is a messy business, the leftovers have to be dealt with forever and it’s impossible to guarantee against another tailings dam failure such as the Mount Polley catastrophe.

The Trouble With Tailings: Toxic Waste ‘Time Bombs’ Loom Large Over Alaska’s Salmon Rivers

In B.C., there are 98 tailings storage facilities at 60 metal and coal mines, of which 31 are operating or under construction and the remaining 67 are at mines that are either permanently or temporarily closed That means communities throughout B.C. and Alaska are looking nervously at nearby tailings ponds, which sometimes more closely resemble lakes, stretching over several square kilometres, with the toxic waste held back by earth and rock-filled dams. The water is usually recycled through the plant when the mine is operating, but, after the mine closes, water, toxins and finely ground rock must continue to be contained or treated. Agarikon & Shaman Grave Guardians — If you find Agarikon, please do not pick it !

Agarikon & Shaman Grave Guardians —

We need to protect the natural genome. Our studies show that Agarikon's mycelium contains active components, and that Agarikon fruitbody is an astringent, and indeed in high doses may be deleterious or even toxic. We do not yet fully understand the biochemical transformation from the brown to the white form. I found the white form featured here laying dead on the ground on my property. The other was given to me by people motivated to save this strain as the old growth forest habitats are threatened. Stamets, how mushrooms can save bees. Honeybee populations have been plummeting for nearly a decade throughout the United States. Now, two scientists in Washington state are teaming up to help the pollinator, and they’re investigating an unconventional source for their remedy: the mushroom. Eric Olson clutches the lid on top of his wooden beehive.

He slowly lifts it up and peeks inside at thousands of stinging insects. Olson has been a beekeeper in eastern Washington for half his life. The Mushroom Feast: A Celebration Of All Edible Fungi With Over 250 Receipes by Jane Grigson. MushroomCultivationGuide. Cultivating Edible Mushrooms with Dave Wichland. Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology. Mycofiltration Enters the Commons. A line of mycelium-and-substrate-filled bags in Mason County, Washington. Fungi Perfecti founder and director of research, Dr. Paul Stamets, announced today the release of mycofiltration and mycorestoration as public domain terms and technologies.

The move formalizes a long-standing company policy of “teaching the teachers” the art and developing science of mycofiltration through annual seminars, workshops, and lectures. Stamets made the move to fully disclose mycofiltration as public domain to clear up any remaining doubt about the intellectual property status of the technology.

The technology, known as “mycofiltration” refers to the intentional and judicious use of cultivated networks of fungal mycelium to facilitate water quality improvements in engineered ecosystems. Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms by Becky Selengut. Start by marking “Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating. Radical Mycology on Vimeo. Spawning Mycelial Networks: The 2014 Radical Mycology North American Tour. All photographs by Peter McCoy, unless noted In August of 2014, members of the Radical Mycology Collective set out on a 3-month tour across North America to share their mycological knowledge with a over 40 different volunteer groups, non-profits, activist spaces, food justice centers, art collectives, and mycological societies.

As self-educated mycologists, the tour members knew that mycology has historically been a study of the few and difficult to access for most people, despite the incredible insights and global resilience that comes from working with fungi. In collaboration with a variety of organizations, the Radical Mycology tour demonstrated that the art, science, and radical potential of working with fungi can significantly enhance all aspects of culture, politics, and life. Radical Mushrooms: Taking DIY fungi cultivation global. Out in the Pacific Northwest, Radical Mycology, a collective of mushroom and fungal enthusiasts, has been sharing and spreading spores of knowledge on mushroom cultivation and use. Founded in 2006 by Peter McCoy and Maya Elson, this collaborative network has its origins in community organizing, environmental protection and social justice.

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