21 episodes

A podcast about the wonderful world of molds, mushrooms, and mycology.

Fungi Town Jen Parrilli

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A podcast about the wonderful world of molds, mushrooms, and mycology.

    Episode 20: No Bad Yolks

    Episode 20: No Bad Yolks

    Welcome back, citizen!
    In this episode, we peek over the fence, looking for fowl play. It's all about backyard chickens! The makers of Zen Hen join me to talk about their chicken treats and share how they're using fungi to improve the health of hens. My guests are two enterprising entrepreneurs, Craig Rouskey and Doug Manofsky, founders of Pando Nutrition. They'll talk about biotech, how to spot a healthy chicken, and the innovative ways they're utilizing fungi. You'll even hear a special discount code, just for Fungi Town citizens.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Pando Nutrition
    Zen Hen
    Real Vegan Cheese
    Backyard Chickens.com
    How Soy Sauce Is Made [National Geographic]
    The Strange Allure of Pioneer Living [The Atlantic]
    Thank you to my guests Craig Rouskey and Doug Manofsky from Pando Nutrition. A transcript of this episode will be available soon.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order. A percentage of sales goes to support the show!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. The theme music is by the awesome Athens, Georgia band Shehehe. 
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the YouTube channel for fungi videos!

    • 27 min
    Episode 19: Musical Mycelium

    Episode 19: Musical Mycelium

    Welcome back, citizen!
    You've seen fungi, you've likely eaten fungi, but have you heard fungi? In this episode, you'll get to do just that and learn how two artists have discovered how to collaborate with our nonhuman friends. Trust me, it's mind-blowing. My guests this time are: Tosca Teran and Andrei Gravelle of Nanotopia. 
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Aquarian Hydrophone
    Energy Bending Lab
    Humus Sapiens
    MIDI Sprout
    Monophonic Moss Piglet
    Tosca Teran was recently awarded a bio art residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto which runs through the summer. If you're in Toronto, you can check out Nanopod's workshops. 
    Thank you to Tosca Teran and Andrei Gravelle for sharing their incredible music with us and to patron William Denton for suggesting this episode. You can access a transcript of this episode coming soon.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.
    If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.
    $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
    $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
    $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.
    If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. 
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpodor email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

    • 44 min
    Episode 18: The Fungus Olympics Part 2

    Episode 18: The Fungus Olympics Part 2

    Welcome back, citizen!
    Today, we revisit the exciting Fungus Olympics event and take a short trip around the world to talk to some competitors. This is part 2 of the series, where I speak with the contestants before they've run their fungi through the obstacles. In parts 3 and 4, we'll check in with our competitors to see how their fungi fared. If you missed part 1, check out episode 15 for a rundown of the event.
    My guests this time are:
    Dr. Shiv Kale at Virginia Tech
    Dr. Daniel Henk at the University of Bath
    Dr. David Peris from the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Spain
     
    Learn more about the episode topics:
    The Fungus Olympics
    Wild Yeasts found in Patagonia
    Thank you to Dr. Kale, Dr. Henk, and Dr. Peris for telling me all about their fungus Olympians! and to my mom for helping me spread the word about Lichen Landscapes (get 10% off your order with code: FUNGITOWN). Check back in a few days for a full transcript of this episode.
    Are you a musician? Would you like to have your funky version of Fungi Town featured on the show? Send your .mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com.
     
    If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.
    $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
    $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
    $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.
    If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy!
     
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Sound effects and other background music accessed via a Creative Commons license.
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!
    Thanks for listening!

    • 38 min
    Episode 17: Nematodes Beware!

    Episode 17: Nematodes Beware!

    Welcome back, citizen!
    Join us for a micro-battle in the soil! This week, we'll get familiar with nematodes and learn about an incredible adaptation that some familiar fungi have. My guest this time is Dr. Greg Thorn with Western University in London, Ontario.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    The University of Nebraska at Lincoln - nematode page
    American Phytopathological Society - nematode page
    Medscape - Icky nematode-caused human diseases
    Dr. George Barron - University of Guelph
    The Atlantic - When Tulips Kill
    Thank you to Dr. Greg Thorn for teaching us about the tricky traps fungi set for their prey, to Rowen Cannon for providing transcription, and to the Mycological Society of America's Student Section. You can access a transcript of this episode here.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.
    Are you a musician? Would you like to have your funky version of Fungi Town featured on the show? Send your .mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com.
    If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.
    $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
    $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
    $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.
    If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy!
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music used via Creative Commons license through Freesound.  Background music is Mycelium by Lookyan. The thumbnail image for this episode was provided by the scientific journal Paracite.
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpodor email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

    • 28 min
    Episode 16: The Great Lakes

    Episode 16: The Great Lakes

    Welcome back, citizen!
    What's got people so excited about the Great Lakes? A great discovery in the lakes is getting a lot of attention lately. So, I spoke to the researchers who plumbed the depths of the Great Lakes and brought up something surprising. My guests this time are Dr. Andrew Miller from the University of Illinois and Dr. Robert Cichewicz from the University of Oklahoma.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    Science Direct article - “What Lies Beneath? Fungal diversity at the Bottom of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior”
    Illinois Prairie Research Institute article - "Scientists find new fungi at the bottom of the Great Lakes"
    Michigan Radio article -  "Could a fungus from the bottom of a the Great Lakes hold a cure for cancer?"
    What's In Your Backyard? citizen science project
    Thank you to Dr. Miller and Dr. Cichewicz for sharing their remarkable discoveries with me, to Rowen Cannon for providing transcription, and to Leslie Masson of the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United group. You can access a transcript of this episode here.
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.
    Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 
    If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.
    $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
    $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
    $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.
    If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy! 
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. Defunked theme music is Fminor_Funk_BassGroove_100bpm by GRD-music used via Creative Commons license through Freesound.  Background music is Flammulina velutipes by Keiss.
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

    • 35 min
    Episode 15: The Fungus Olympics

    Episode 15: The Fungus Olympics

    Welcome back, citizen!
    Can fungi do acrobatics? sprints? backstrokes? Find out in this first episode of Fungi Town's four-part series on the Fungus Olympics! I'll talk to one of the organizers of the competition and several of the competitors to find out how the event got started and learn about the people behind the competition.
    If you want to learn more about this episode's topics, here are some links:
    The Fungus Olympics official site
    Slime Moulds playlist
    Wikipedia's entry on Microfluidics
    Neutrophil definition from National Cancer Institute
    Video of the hat-thrower fungus.
    Thank you to Dr. Daniel Irimia from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Derreck Carter-House, Jesus Pena, and Dr. Jason Stajich from the University of California at Riverside, Dr. Ilkka Kronholm from the University of Jyväskylä, and to Rowen Cannon for providing the transcript for this episode, which you can find here or in the transcripts tab. 
    Please check out my sponsor, Lichen Landscapes, for unique cards and prints and don't forget to enter promo code "FUNGITOWN" to get a 10% discount on your order.
    Are you a musician? Would you like to have your version of Fungi Town (like Funky Town) featured on the show? Send your mp3 to fungitownpod [at] gmail [dot] com. 
    If you're enjoying the show so far, please consider becoming a patron. Just click the green "become a Patron" button on your screen (upper right corner) or go here.
    $1 level gets you access to bonus mini episodes + a Fungi Town vinyl sticker
    $5 level gets you all of the above + a "Follow Me to Fungi Town" bumper sticker
    $10 level gets you all of the above + your choice of any of three beautiful mushroom prints by Athens artist Maggie Baxter.
    If you've already become a patron and want to bump up a level for the new rewards, it's easy! 
    Fungi Town is written, directed and produced by Jen Parrilli and hosted on Podbean. Theme music is by the awesome Athens, GA band Shehehe. The fanfare sound is by bone666138, used via Creative Commons license through Freesound. Background music is Clavaria zolllingeri by Potential DiffereSE
    You can find Fungi Town on Facebook. Twitter, and Instagram: @fungitownpod or email at fungitownpod[at]gmail[dot]com. Check out the new YouTube channel! Once the channel hits 100 subscribers, I'll be doing a fantastic fungi giveaway!

    • 50 min

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