Are you somewhat bored with life and looking for excitement? Do you feel a strong desire to wander around in wooded landscapes? Do you have an obsessive personality? Well, have I got a “hobby” for you! Mushroom hunting! It’s like gold prospecting but doesn’t require dynamite, picks, shovels, or mules.
One of the most ancient organisms on earth is fungus. It has had at least a billion years to spread out and ramify into over a million species. There are molds, yeasts, and mycelia. They all serve as Nature’s composters (along with bacteria). In the case of some mycelia, they also work with the root systems of other plants to help nurture healthier trees and shrubs. Life on Earth would probably be unrecognizably different without fungi. (See Paul Stamets’ Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.) [Read more…]