A podcast devoted to the wonderful world of fungi. Our eclectic show covers fungi in health & wellness, technology, science, culture and more. Welcome to the Mushroom Revival.
Farming with Mycorrhizal Fungi - Dr. Jozsef Racsko
How can we apply mycorrhizal fungi? Today’s topic of applied mycology is a deep dive into the plant's point of view on mycorrhizal relationships. We are joined by plant physiologist and mycologist Dr. Jozsef Racsko, who is a lead scientist at Mycorrhizal Applications — a company bringing mycorrhizal inoculum to industrial agriculture and home gardens alike.
Mechanisms of mycorrhizal fungiImportance of mycorrhizal diversity in agriculture Other symbiotic relationships between fungi & plants such as endophytic fungiCurrent state of farming with mycorrhizal fungiWhy some fungi don’t form mycorrhizal relationshipsNutrient content produce grown with mycorrhizal fungi What to know about using fertilizers with mycorrhizaeThe roles of mycorrhizae in drought toleranceExplorations in farming mycorrhizal fungi Show Notes:
Mycorrhizal Applications Website: https://mycorrhizae.com/
Jozsef Racsko LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jozsef-racsko-9b5609b1/
Mycorrhizal Applications in Horticulture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4Y4A7TI5aE
How Mycorrhizae Can Improve Plant Quality: https://mycorrhizae.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Mycorrhizal-Status-of-Families-and-Genera-v1.6.pdf
Fertilizing with Mycorrhizae: https://mycorrhizae.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Top-5-Mistakes-in-Fertilizer-Application-PDF.pdf
More useful publications: https://mycorrhizae.com/articles/
Psychedelic Education & Mycelial Technologies - Darren Le Baron
Darren Le Baron, aka Darren Springer, joins us to talk about his work in psychedelic education around the globe. We ran into his glowing presence at Telluride Mushroom Fest, in the midst of his spore-spreading travels. Specifically, Darren teaches permaculture, mushroom cultivation, mycology, and Pan-African history of mushrooms & other psychedelics.
We discuss his nomadic education and research, how fungi are a fundamental natural technology, the life-giving roles of decomposition, and personal use of mushrooms.
Darren's voyages overseas to spread his teachings and skills to communities around the globePan-African historical use of psilocybe mushrooms and other psychedelicsHow Darren navigates the flow of learning and teaching in the psychedelic spaceDualities, paradoxes and puzzlesAcknowledging organic systems as technologies
Darren Le Baron's Website: https://www.darrenlebaron.com/
Darren's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/darrenlebaron
Kew's State of the World's Fungi: https://www.kew.org/sites.pdf
Hermetic Principles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kybalion
Breaking Convention Psychedelic Conference: https://www.breakingconvention.co.uk/
Documented Psilocybe Species in 2000 byGastón Guzmán: http://www.museocivico.rovereto.tn.it/UploadDocs/104_art09-Guzman%20&%20C.pdf
Brewing a Revolution with Fungi: The Next Generation of Cannabinoids
Researchers at Hyasynth Bio are using fungi to brew cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. Using a method called biosynthesis, the Montreal-based team has engineered brewers yeast to manufacture cannabinoids within their cells. This methods results in compound with a level of potency and purity not previously seen in the cannabis industry.
Today we have the pleasure of speaking with co-founder and metabolic engineer at Hyasynth Bio — Alex Campbell.
Origin story and technology of Hyasynth BioHow yeasts can be used as molecular factories Metabolic pathways in yeasts and how they can be engineeredPerspectives on genetic engineeringFarming cannabinoids with microbes, especially yeastsResource requirements for growing cannabis plants, how that compares to methods in biotechnologySlime mold enzymes rendering phytocannabinoid precursorsEnzyme prospecting and R&DCBD, THC and other cannabinoid benefits to human healthShow notes:
Hyasynth Bio Website: https://hyasynthbio.com/Scientists brew cannabis using hacked beer yeast: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00714-9Newly Risen from yeast: THC : https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/science/newly-risen-from-yeast-thc.htmlBiosynthesis article: https://blog.hyasynthbio.com/what-is-biosynthesis-and-why-do-we-use-it-9ba77284d209Charlotte Figi’s Story: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/us/charlotte-figi-dead.html#:~:text=Charlotte%20became%20the%20face%20of,epilepsy%20that%20starts%20in%20infancyPain, Pus & Poison Documentary series: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01f51s5
Mycorrhizal Fungi - Dr. Suzanne Simard
Mycorrhizal fungi are critical to life on Earth. They have symbiotic relationships with surrounding plant life and are vital for the growth and health of forests. Today we are joined by Dr. Suzanne Simard, one most influential researchers on these fungi. Suzanne has largely contributed to the scientific acknowledgment to mycorrhizal ecology, as well as creating awareness about their critical role in local and global ecosystems.
As we learn more about these subterranean networks, their function in the world more and more vital. We are in an era where we are losing our forests faster than we can understand (let alone protect) what we truly lose from deforestation. Suzanne is sounding the alarm by proclaiming what we've discovered so far. We discuss what we do know about the vitality of mycorrhizal communities, current and predicted repercussions of disturbing them, and how we can support their restoration.
A dive into Suzanne’s personal and professional journey Why old growth forests are imperative What our world would look if we did not have mycorrhizal fungiThe function of mycorrhizal communities in local and global ecosystemsDark septate endophytic fungi and other forms of fungal symbiosis Suzanne’s book “Finding the Mother Tree”
Suzanne’s website: https://mothertreeproject.org/
Lessons from fungi - Toby Kiers Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/toby_kiers_lessons_from_fungi_on_markets_and_economics?language=en
Spalting Fungi, Pigment Ecology & Wood Anatomy - Dr. Seri Robinson
Today’s show is all about spalting fungi and its unique mycology. This time, we are joined by THE expert, Dr. Seri Robinson, who has been studying the phenomena for over a decade. Aside from spalting’s unique mycology, we discuss the auspicious applications of these fungi and their metabolites.
Seri is an artist and Professor of wood anatomy at Oregon State University. They were introduced to spalted woods through wood working, quickly discovering the lack of information about the phenomena, and therefore pioneering a new subfield of science.
A look into Dr. Seri Robinson’s life as an artist and scientist, and their unconventional path to studying spalted woodsThe history and urban legends of spalted woodDefining spalted wood and spalting fungiSpecific environmental conditions for spalting fungiHow to spalt wood in the labEcology of fungal pigmentsFunction of fungal pigments, especially fungal melaninDecay stages of fungi and how that affects wood spaltingHow to extract the spalting pigmentChlorociboria’s pigments and it’s impressive applicationsWood anatomy and how fungi are influenced by their substrates
Spalting Cooperative Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/spaltingNorthern Spatling: https://www.northernspalting.com/Spalted Wood Book: https://www.amazon.com/Spalted-Wood-History-Science-Material/dp/0764350382/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=0764350382&psc=1Spalting 101 Book: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spalting-101-dr-seri-c-robinson/1137088019?ean=9780764360893Publication on zone line mycology: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264127521000332Xylindein pigment research: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/fungi-produced-pigment-shows-promise-semiconductor-material
Infectious Fungi - Dr. Neil Gow
We are joined by Mycologist Neil Gow who has formal training in mycology, especially in relation to infectious fungi. On today's show, we look at fungi through the lens of pathogenic interactions with humans. Which fungi are most likely to cause a human zombie apocalypse? What happens when you inject psilocybin tea into your veins?
Although his research is on combating fungal infections, Neil is a big time mycophile with jaw dropping information on this impressive kingdom of life.
Common fungal infections in humans The status of research and understanding of pathogenic fungi, esp with humansWhy are fungal infections so hard to treat?What are the mechanisms of fungal infection in humans?Mucormycosis or the "black fungus" outbreaks The pervasiveness of candidaEvolution of drug resistant fungi Case Study: Intravenous Injection of PsilocybinThe morbid question: which fungal species are most likely to cause zombie humans?Forensic mycology and microbiologyPrevalence of fungal productsThe mycobiome and mutualism between human and fungal species
What is this field of Mycology?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3farm1uFrbI
Neil Gow's Publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Neil-Gow-2
The Genus Plague: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33946360-the-genius-plague
A “Trip” to the ICU: An Intravenous Injection of Psilocybin: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S266729602030015Xv
WHO Data on Fungal Infections: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death
My rap for the cap!
Lera and Alex, they have the passion. You can tell they aren’t just trying to cash in. They are spreading the spores of knowledge, mush you cannot get in college. I’m really thankful for all they do and I hope they read my review! Peace out!
My mind is either blown or expanded, and often both every episode.
My go to podcast!
Thank you both so much for your passion in and around the world of Fungi. The topics you both present on this pod are so enlightening and fascinating. Thanks so mush!