masters of life connections
I find fungi enormously fascinating and have written about them many times. Just what constitutes fungi is still evolving. They include tens of thousands of organisms with properties of both animals and plants, thereby having their own kingdom. Mycelium are the hidden networks of fungi that facilitate the transfer of nutrients from the soil to the plant roots, and in return, receive carbon from the plant. Life would not exist without fungi. They communicate with the plants and trees via these vast hidden networks in the soil. Mushrooms are the “flower” of blooming fungi. Here is a great article in Garden Culture Magazine about How Mushrooms Heal.
Fungi are on the frontier of discoveries for medicine, environmental sciences, and understanding nature. Louie Schwartzberg created the Fantastic Fungi Film and trailer. I encourage you to explore the website for details about the film and wonderful mysteries of mycelium. Paul Stamets is one of the leading researchers on fungi and their amazing properties, benefits, and potential to help people and the planet. For example, fungi have many antiviral properties that can be used in medicines. Mushroom-based psychedelic medicines are being used for leading edge therapies to address addiction and mental illness. Fungi have been found that can feed on oil and other toxic waste to aid in environmental cleanup.
May your week be full of fantastic discoveries.