Paul Stamets and Dr. Steve Sheppard invited to inform Washington State Senators

Paul Stamets and Dr. Steve Sheppard have been invited to inform Washington State Senators on bee research studies at Washington State University that show extracts from Fungi Perfecti, LLC significantly improve immunity of bees. Their presentation takes place Wednesday May 17th, at 10:00 am, in Senate Hearing Room 1 at the State Capitol in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public. Please come - if you can - to show your interest and/or support!

Link to information: http://app.leg.wa.gov/mobile/CommitteeAgendas/Agenda/27561?StartDate=5/17/2017&EndDate=5/17/2017&AgendaType=Daily

Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee? - bioGraphic

Just published on the California Academy of Science website

5 minute Short video - what it does not reveal is that our extracts reduce the deformed wing virus several orders of magnitude within two weeks and doubles the lifespan of bees.

U.S. Patent issued and many countries issuing shortly. We are now in 532 bee hives after Washington State University 30 bee hive tests proved so successful

Worldwide food biosecurity is at stake as colony collapse is now 50% and unless a solution is found, collapse would reach 90% soon with devastating economic and ecological ramifications.

Like losing rivets on a airplane, how many will rivets will be lost before catastrophic failure ? Bees are like those rivets. We need to save the bees now. 


http://www.biographic.com/posts/sto/can-mushrooms-save-the-honey-bee

A Mycological Call for Action

The Synergistic Beneficial Contributions of Mushroom Mycelium: Carbon Sequestration, Soil Building and Spores for Nucleation in Water Droplet Formation. 

It is hard to imagine why only a few of us (thank you !) have any clue about the importance of fungi in the ecosystem. Here are three pertinent articles and two books that all students, in my opinion, should be taught. I suggest teachers incorporate this information as a core ecological principle in their curriculum. I also ask carbon climate scientists to focus on the role of mycelium in reducing carbon emissions, a seemingly contradictory statement since fungi outgas carbon dioxide. 

 

Soil Contains more Carbon than Air and Plants Combined
Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the ...Soil contains more carbon than air and plants combined.

http://science.time.com/2014/01/08/why-some-mushrooms-may-be-magic-for-climate-change/

Mushrooms as Rainmakers: How Spores Act as Nuclei for Raindrops
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0140407

Fungi in Ecosystem Processes

goo.gl/Cr0uHK

 

And, of course:

NAMA : http://namyco.org

Mycological Society of America: https://msafungi.org

Fungi Perfecti: Http://fungi.com

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets http://www.fungi.com/product-detail/product/mycelium-running.html

'A load of old rot': Fossil of oldest known land-dweller identified

""This fossil provides a hint that mushroom-forming fungi may have colonised the land before the first animals left the oceans," said Smith. "It fills an important gap in the evolution of life on land."

Filaments of Tortotubus. Credit: Martin R. Smith

Filaments of Tortotubus.

Credit: Martin R. Smith

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160302082245.htm

" But before any complex forms of life could live on land, there needed to be nutrients there to support them. Fungi played a key role in the move to land, since by kick-starting the rotting process, a layer of fertile soil could eventually be built up, enabling plants with root systems to establish themselves, which in turn could support animal life. By reconstructing how the organism grew, he was able to show that the fossils represent mycelium -- the root-like filaments that fungi use to extract nutrients from soil."

MycoDiversity is BioSecurity: Mushroom Mycelium & the Worldwide Food Web

PAUL STAMETS - October 7

 

at the Northwest Permaculture Convergence.

http://www.northwestpermaculture.org/

 

Fort Flagler, Nordland, WA

 

Special Friday Evening package

 

$35 gets you dinner; Paul Stamets’ keynote presentation including his latest findings;  a first peek at the Expo, and Skillshare Village; and the evening song circle.  This charge does not apply to people attending the whole conference. Just people coming in for the evening.  Gate opens at 5:00 pm.

 

5:30- 6:45 pm: Dinner.

7:00 – 7:45: Opening Circle and introductions.

8:00-9:30: Keynote talk by Paul Stamets

9:30 on. Evening program. Cohorts Reunion, socializing, song-circles, music jams, ad hoc scheduling.

Communing with the Bees!

As part of our ‪#‎bee‬-‪#‎mushroom‬ efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins at the #Bee Research Lab at the Washington State University, Paul Stamets blessed by the bees. As part of our 'give back' ‪#‎GBAC‬ ( ‪#‎GiveBeesAChance‬ ) program, Paul, Dusty and the Fun-guys and Fung-gals at Host Defense & Starship FP donated $ 50,000 for research.

Paul says:
This is an all hands on deck moment. We face imminent threats to food ‪#‎biosecurity‬ as - according to top bee researchers - bee health is increasingly threatened worldwide, and the trends are worsening. We try to walk our talk and appreciate the support from all of you. We and the bees thank you! If you wish to join in this effort, go to our Http://beefriendlyinitiative.org

Paul Stamets, Earthling, Director of Research Fungi Perfecti, LLC Senator Judy Warnick, 13th Legislative District, WA State Dr. Dan Bernardo, Provost & Executive Vice President, Washington State University

Paul Stamets, Earthling, Director of Research Fungi Perfecti, LLC
Senator Judy Warnick, 13th Legislative District, WA State
Dr. Dan Bernardo, Provost & Executive Vice President, Washington State University

Turkey Tail Tree Stump Removal

We received another wonderful testimonial from a customer. This one comes from James, who used our Turkey Tail Plug Spawn to take care of a particularly persistent stump on his property and enjoy harvests of mushrooms to boot!

In a salute to James' efforts, we have put together a page of products that might best be used for this purpose: http://www.fungi.com/product-detail/product/turkey-tail-plug-spawn-approx-100-plugs.html

#‎FungiPerfecti‬ ‪#‎GrowMushrooms‬ ‪#‎StumpRemoval‬

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Hello my friends at Fungi Perfecti!

I just wanted to take a minute to say a big THANK YOU to you for making the Turkey Tail spawn plugs available. A few years ago, I had a crabapple #tree that was in rough shape, and was also blocking the sun from my #gardens, and really needed to come down. I cut it down, leveled the stump flat with a chainsaw, and then inoculated the stump with one of your turkey tail plug spawn kits.

After a little over a year, I had about a season and a half of very nice flushes, which I harvested and made into tea (I still have quite a bit of the dried turkey tails left!). Very #healing and quite excellent.

The other reason for inoculating the stump was to remove it at low cost, and do it by myself without a stump grinder, etc. Well, today was the momentous day! Not knowing how broken down the stump would be, but hoping that it was ready for removal, I went out this morning with a large pry bar and a ten pound sledgehammer. The stump had pretty much stopped producing turkey tails, which I figured was another good sign that the wood was pretty soft.

Thanks to using your turkey tail plug spawn, I was able to use that pry bar and hammer to remove that huge, quite unattractive stump from the center of my back yard with relative ease. I am especially happy about being able to remove the roots and all the parts attached to the ground, which, if you've ever tried to remove that part of a large tree or shrub you know it is extremely tough. Not so with the spent turkey tail stump! Most of the huge roots and pieces in the ground didn't even require the hammer; just pushing the pry bar underneath them and applying a bit of leverage was enough to easily lift them out of the soil.

These are exactly the #results I hoped for when I #inoculated that stump several years ago, both in harvesting medicinal turkey tails and in eventual easy stump removal. Thank you so much for the education and the wonderful plug spawn kit. And by all means feel free to use any or all of my words in your testimonials if you wish. They are 100% true and sincere and from the heart.

Much Love and Appreciation,

James Galusha

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Thoughts on the Escape of the Gene-edited Crispr Mushroom from US regulation

Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images

Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images

Note: Although heralded by some scientists as a breakthrough, re: “The research community will be very happy with the news,” says Caixia Gao, a plant biologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Institute of ‪#‎Genetics‬ and Developmental ‪#‎Biology‬ in Beijing."

I am one researcher who does not agree. I strongly recommend caution. Using ‪#‎Crispr‬ gene editing, scientists interfered with polyphenol oxidase (tyrosinase) production to produce a button (Agaricus bisporus) strain that does not brown. What these researchers apparently did not know is that my research has found that this pathway is responsible for many novel antivirals. (See http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser…). 

‪#‎Mushrooms‬ have developed novel antivirals that protect them, and by extrapolation us. By interfering with this polyphenol pathway, I am concerned that they have defeated the endogenous natural antiviral defenses. What does this mean? Time will tell. I hope this does not lead to new reservoirs of hyper-viruses that can now emerge unchecked by the natural genome. In scientific terms, this could be a big "OOPS" ! The hubris of scientists playing with such powerful technology without consideration of downstream consequences is potentially dangerous. Genes code for many activities. Defeating them for one purpose may cause unforeseen consequences far more important than creating cosmetically beautiful mushrooms that will sell longer in the grocery stores. ‪#‎fungi‬

Sustainable Food & Farm conference - Grass Valley, CA - 1/2016

Paul Stamets rocks the Sustainable Food & Farm conference, Grass Valley, Ca. where up to 700 innovative, sustainable farmers and stakeholders attended.


The take home from this conference : new generation and converted conventional farmers  "get it" --- fungi, no till, and biodiversity techniques synergize to create profitable businesses, which build soil health without chemical inputs. Fungi connect us all - and helps immunity of plants and animals !

6 days time lapse of Amanita muscaria & negative geotropism

Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric or Soma (to some) metamorphosizes from the button to mature stage in 6 days. Detached from the ground, and although appearing larger, the mushroom does not gain additional mass. The button stage, although having no spores, is programmed genetically to evolve into a sporulating fruit body. Interesting! *note that this mushroom re-orients itself to be horizontal, a response that is known as 'negative geotropism'. This response is common to most mushrooms which are connected to its mycelial mat. Once picked, some do; some do not.

Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric or Soma (to some) metamorphosizes from the button to mature stage in 6 days. Detached from the ground, and although appearing larger, the mushroom does not gain additional mass. The button stage, although having no spores, is programmed genetically to evolve into a sporulating fruit body. Interesting!

*note that this mushroom re-orients itself to be horizontal, a response that is known as 'negative geotropism'. This response is common to most mushrooms which are connected to its mycelial mat. Once picked, some do; some do not.

Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome

A glimpse into the world of mushrooms, and the many ways they support us

Authored by Paul Stamets, Fungi Perfecti, LLC

Few people know that we are more closely related to fungi than to any other kingdom. 650 million years ago, we split from fungi. We chose to encircle our nutrients within a cellular sack, a stomach, and digested nutrients within. Fungi chose to externally digest its nutrients, and projected a fine filamentous, cobweb like cellular networks known as mycelium. In both cases, over millions of years, choosing beneficial bacteria to aid in this process became essential for good digestion. By selecting commensal bacteria to help digest food, both humans and mushroom mycelium created complex communities -- microbiomes -- to help digestion, prevent disease, and extend longevity. Not only do we benefit from a healthy microbiome, but so too does the mycelium.

The mushroom is a fruit of the mycelium, like an apple is to an apple tree. Mushrooms are made of compacted mycelium but are materially different than mycelium. Mushrooms are nutritionally dense, packed with proteins, minerals, vitamins (B,D), low in fat (5%, mostly linoleic acids) and are free of cholesterol. The cobwebby mycelium exudes enormous suites of enzymes, antimicrobial agents, antiviral compounds, as it grows in the ground beneath our feet and in the forests around us. Mycelium is the cellular foundation of our food webs, creating the rich soils so necessary for life. Mycelium is a digestive membrane that also destroys many environmental toxic wastes, and has spawned a new science -- called "Mycoremediation." Promoting mycelium in your garden and yards helps neutralizes many of the toxins that challenge our immune systems. Partnering with mycelium improves environmental health -- outside and inside our body. 

Mycelium's selection of bacteria, in the creation of guilds of microbes, is essential for the mycelium's survival. The mycelium chooses suites of bacteria that not only helps it digest food, and stave off predators, but also helps the plant communities that give rise to the ecosystems in which the mycelium resides, so fruits (mushrooms) can be produced. This means that mycelium based products can aid digestion and help promote beneficial bacteria in our microbiomes.

The nutritious and delectable mushrooms are very temporary, typically up only for a few days, attracting us and many other animals. Of great interest is that we know now mushrooms are prebiotics for the micrbiome -- augmenting the growth of beneficial bacteria such as Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Recent research now shows the consumption of Reishi and Turkey Tail mushrooms, not only boost the immune system, but also balance the microbiome in favor of these beneficial bacteria, resulting in better digestion, and amazingly weight loss!

Consuming mushrooms and mycelium adds many benefits in our pursuit of good health. Just make sure the products you consume are Certified Organic, US grown (better inspections), and that you know where they are grown and who is growing them. This is so important because there is a lot of deceptive advertising motivated by maximizing profits by minimizing costs, which jeopardizes quality. Adding mushrooms to your diet is probably one of the most important additions to the foods you can ingest that will improve your health!

 

Stamets in 2016

January 9th, 2016
*Sustainable Food and Farm conference, 
Nevada City, CA
http://foodandfarmconference.com/event-details/



- January 16 - 18, 2016

*SOMA Camp
Occidental, CA
http://www.somamushrooms.org/camp/


- Feb. 8th

*Sonoma County Bee Keepers Association
Sonoma County 4-H Center facility, Rohnert Park, CA
http://sonomabees.org/speaker-list

(the website date is incorrect and will be changed soon)

 

Feb. 24, 2016 

*Public Talk - Los Angeles, CA - TBD

 

Feb. 26 - 29, 2016* Florida Herbal Conference,
Tiger Lake in Lake Wales, Florida
http://floridaherbalconference.org/

Agarikon & Shaman Grave Guardians

On my lifelong quest for saving as many strains of Agarikon as possible, here is a photo taken yesterday with Mel Mack and Scott Franzblau showing the dramatic difference between a fresh Agarikon and what it will eventually become - the Ghost Form, which First Peoples of the PNW regarded as spiritual guardians in the afterlife. 

http://www.jstor.org/stable/3760412

For more information, see this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtwzHY-7mXo)

If you find Agarikon, please do not pick it ! 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. Those from European and North American heritages have long used this mushroom for thousands of years. When possible, we leave the specimens in the old growth forests, unless they are about to be logged. We take a tiny fragment of tissue for tissue culture. Having 73 strains of Agarikon in culture represents a lifetime of searching and is a rich genomic library to pass down to future generations. As habitats are lost, so are strains of species. We are interested in create a vast genomic library of Agarikon strains to preserve its ancient mycodiversity. We GPS locate strains and leave conks in the old growth forest whenever possible." P.S.

Viking Swords Amanita handles

"The Norse warriors were, according to legend, fierce fighters who were able to vanquish enemies with a fury in battle that gave rise to the term 'bizerk'. Some think their fury was because of their use of Amanita muscaria; others vociferously dispute this. But.....I find that the handles of their swords bear a remarkable, and in some cases, taxonomically correct depictions of this mushroom. A coincidence or evidence ? I have eaten this mushroom, and the induced repetitive motion syndrome falls in line with this legend. The doubters might wish to rethink their skeptism, in my humble opinion. " -P.Stamets ~ Fungi.net

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserker

http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/viking-berserkers-fierce-warriors-or-drug-fuelled-madmen-001472

The Gordon and Tina Wasson Award: Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets D.Sc. (Hon.), Founder and President of Fungi Perfecti LLC and Host Defense, is the first-ever recipient of the Mycological Society of America’s Gordon and Tina Wasson Award. Named after the late preeminent ethnomycologists, the award is intended “to recognize people with non-traditional academic backgrounds who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mycology, or who have widely transmitted significant scientific or aesthetic knowledge about fungi to the general public.” More information can be found in the July 2015 issue of Inoculum, newsletter of the Mycological Society of America.

"In summary Paul Stamets is a highly original, self-trained member of the mycological community who has had a huge and sustained impact on the field of Mycology. Awarding the first Wasson award to him sets a high bar for the future. It also allows us to recognize a member of our field that the general public and AAAS have already identified as a leader and spokesperson. Sincere congratulations are due to Paul!"  

"I am deeply honored to be the first Wasson Award recipient. The field of mycology is so critical to saving biospheres – yet underfunded, underrecognized and underestimated.  Fungi engage in keystone roles in supporting ecosystem health and biodiversity. Recognitions like this inspire us all to bring mycology to the forefront of public and scientific consciousness. Scientists across disciplines need to work together as we all have pieces of a very grand puzzle. We walk this mycelial path of life together but time is critically short for us to make a difference.  In gratitude and respect, Paul."

"Shiitake mushrooms as a carbon scaffolding for high performance supercapacitor electrodes !" New potential for energy storage.

"Shiitake mushrooms as a carbon scaffolding for high performance supercapacitor electrodes !"  New potential for energy storage. 

".The resulting carbon is comprised of abundant micro-, mesopores and interconnected macropores that has a specific surface area up to 2988 m2 g1 and pore volume of 1.76 cm3 g1

The far superior performance as compared with those of the commercially most used activated carbon RP20 in both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolyte demonstrates its great potential as highperformance supercapacitor electrode. 

"Hierarchically porous carbon by activation of shiitake mushroom for capacitive energy storage" by  Ping Cheng, Shuangyan Gao, Peiyu Zang, Xiaofan Yang, Yonglong Bai, Hua Xu, Zonghuai Liu, Zhibin Lei * School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, 620 West Chang’an Street, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710119, China ARTICLE INFO Article history: Received 29 January 2015 Accepted 13 May 2015 Available online 22 May 2015 ABSTRACT

 

 We present a facile yet effective two-step activation method to prepare a hierarchically porous carbon with natural shiitake mushroom as the starting materials. The first step involves the activation of shiitake mushroom with H3PO4, while the second step is to further activate the product with KOH.The resulting carbon is comprised of abundant micro-, mesopores and interconnected macropores that has a specific surface area up to 2988 m2 g1 and pore volume of 1.76 c   m3 g1 . With the unique porous nature, the carbon exhibited a specific capacitance of 306 and 149 F g1 in aqueous and organic electrolyte, respectively. Moreover, this carbon also shows a high capacitance retention of 77% at large current density of 30 A g1 and exhibited an outstanding cycling stability with 95.7% capacitance preservation after 15,000 cycles in 6 M KOH electrolyte. The far superior performance as compared with those of the commercially most used activated carbon RP20 in both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolyte demonstrates its great potential as highperformance supercapacitor electrode. The two-step method developed herein also represents a very attractive approach for scalable production of various functional carbon materials using diverse biomasses as starting materials."

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