Hi there...welcome to Mushroom Hour. Listen in as we venture into kingdom fungi with unique and beautiful humans who all share a passion for mushrooms. We'll go forage for wild mushrooms, explore their potency as nature's medicines, become citizen mycologists, transform human consciousness and learn how mushrooms inspired art, spirituality and culture throughout our history. There are so many ways that mushrooms can benefit (wo)mankind - we just need to tap into the mycelium network and let them share their gifts. Excited to have you along for the journey! Mush Love
Ep. 103: Exploring Fungal Taxonomy, Phylogeny & the Future of Conservation (feat. Else Vellinga)
Today on the Mushroom Hour Podcast we are honored to be joined by Else Vellinga. In her career as a mycologist, Else has described 22 new mushroom species in California. Her most recent work is at the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley, and at UCSF, on the Microfungi Collections Digitization project. She received her training at the National Herbarium of the Netherlands, and earned her PhD at the University of Leiden (layden). Additionally, Else is a researcher and professor with the Bruns Laboratory at UC Berkeley. The main motivation for her taxonomic work is that it lays the basis for efforts to include mushroom species in nature management and conservation plans. She has proposed several species for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global database of endangered species. She concentrates especially on Lepiotas, or Parasol mushrooms. Else is an avid knitter and uses mushroom dyed yarn for her creations.
Growing up in Netherlands Wilderness What are Scientific Names Based On? Importance of Physical Features Impact of DNA Sequences on Taxonomy ITS, Multiple Gene Sequence and Whole Genome Phylogenetic Information Monophyletic vs Paraphyletic Genera What is Sufficient Difference to Make a New Taxonomic Grouping? Relationship Between Genera and Clades How are Names Selected? Does There Need to be a Consensus? Process of Naming a Species Potential Taxonomic Shakeups Fungal Conservation Fungal Diversity Survey Official State Mushrooms Education, Outreach and Awareness Central to Conservation Efforts EPISODE RESOURCES:
Else Vellinga ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Else-Vellinga University and Jepson Herbaria: https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/ National Herbarium of the Netherlands: https://plants.jstor.org/partner/NHN Bruns Laboratory: https://nature.berkeley.edu/brunslab/ IUCN Fungi List: https://www.iucn.org/commissions/ssc-groups/plants-fungi/fungi Global Fungal Redlist Initiative: http://iucn.ekoo.se/en/iucn/welcome Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS): https://fundis.org/ Lepiota (Fungal Genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepiota Entoloma (Fungal Genus): https://www.mushroomexpert.com/entoloma.html Cryptomarasmius (Fungal Genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomarasmius
Ep. 102: The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible & The Psilocybin Chef Cookbook (feat. Dr. K Mandrake & Virginia Haze)
All the information discussed in this episode is for educational and entertainment purposes only! We do not encourage the use of any illicit and/or regulated substance.
Today on the Mushroom Hour Podcast we have the honor of speaking with authors Virginia Haze and Dr. K. Mandrake. Dr. Mandrake is a proponent of psychedelics from both a scientific and personal growth perspective. His long and varied education has mostly centered on biology, toxicology and mycology, culminating in a PhD in microbiology, which greatly influenced his home mushroom growing methods. Virginia Haze is a prolific writer and photographer with many books under her belt. She’s a regular contributor to publications that focus on recreational drugs and her photography has appeared in many books. She learned to grow mushrooms under the tutelage of Dr. K. Mandrake, has co-authored two books on the growing and use of shrooms, and has since become a fierce proponent of psilocybin decriminalization and the dissemination of science-backed information relating to psychedelics. I’m excited to speak with these two myconauts today about the two works they’ve written together, “The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible” and “The Psilocybin Chef Cookbook”.
Discovering Psilocybin - UK Prohibition & Thai Milkshakes First Attempts at Cultivation Impact of Local Climate on Cultivation Precautions in Exploring Cultivation Sourcing Spores Cultivation Hardware & Equipment Contending with Contamination Cultivation Cycle Substrate Recipes Monotub & Different Teks Strains & Testing of Psilocybe cubensis Dehydration & Preparation Methods Magic Mushroom Recipes Impact of the Books EPISODE RESOURCES:
Psilocybin Mushroom Bible IG: https://www.instagram.com/themushroombible/ The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible (Book): https://bookshop.org/books/the-psilocybin-mushroom-bible-the-definitive-guide-to-growing-and-using-magic-mushrooms/9781937866280 The Psilocybin Chef Cookbook (Book): https://bookshop.org/books/the-psilocybin-chef-cookbook/9781937866419 Shroomery: https://shroomery.org Spore Works: http://sporeworks.com/ Alexander Shulgin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Shulgin David Nutt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nutt Flammulina velutipes (fungus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enokitake
Ep. 101: Queendom Fungi - Mycology as a Queer Discipline (feat. Dr. Patricia Kaishian)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are joined by freethinker, activist and mycologist Dr. Patricia Kaishian. Dr. Kaishian received a B.A in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies in 2013 from Wheaton College, MA. In August 2020, she defended her Ph.D. in Forest Pathology & Mycology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. She is broadly trained in the taxonomy of macro and micro fungi, with considerable field experience in the Neotropics. Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Aime Lab at Purdue University where she is serving as curator of fungi at the Arthur Fungarium & Kriebel Herbarium. Beyond more traditional scientific work, Dr. Kaishian also works in the realms like the philosophy of science, feminist bioscience, ecofeminism and queer theory, exploring how mycology and other scientific disciplines are situated in and informed by our sociopolitical landscape. She is a founding member of the International Congress of Armenian Mycologists, a research organization comprised of ethnically Armenian mycologists who seek to simultaneously advance mycological science and Armenian sovereignty and liberation.
Childhood Embracing Nature in NY State Activism & Science Intertwined The Practice of Science & the Institution of Science Western Eurocentric Perspectives Embedding into Modern Institutions Historical Dynamics Between Institutional Science, Institutional Christianity, Agriculture & Colonization Agro-Heterosexuality Queer Theory & Queer Ecology Mycology as a Queer Science Upliftment of Marginalized People & Organisms Influence of Dr. Robin Kimmerer Armenian Advocacy Link Between Biodiversity & Indigenous Sovereignty Dr. Kaishian’s Research on Laboulbeniales & Rust Fungi EPISODE RESOURCES:
Dr. Kaishian Twitter: https://twitter.com/queendom_fungiDr. Kaishian ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patricia-Kaishian "Mycology as a Queer Discipline" Paper: https://catalystjournal.org/index.php/catalyst/article/view/33523 Dr. George Hudler “Magical Mushrooms Mischievous Molds”: https://www.amazon.com/Magical-Mushrooms-Mischievous-George-Hudler/dp/0691070164 "Queer Ecologies": https://www.amazon.com/Queer-Ecologies-Nature-Politics-Desire/dp/0253222036 "The Mushroom at the End of the World": https://www.amazon.com/Mushroom-End-World-Possibility-Capitalist/dp/0691178321/ "Braiding Sweetgrass": https://www.amazon.com/Braiding-Sweetgrass-Indigenous-Scientific-Knowledge/dp/1571313567/ Tiokasin Ghosthorse: https://www.humansandnature.org/tiokasin-ghosthorseInternational Congress of Aremenian Mycologists: https://icarmenian-mycologists.github.io/ Entoloma salmoneum: https://www.mushroomexpert.com/entoloma_quadratum.html
Ep. 100: Mycoworks - Mycelium Leather, Reishi & the Future of Fashion (feat. Phil Ross)
Today on Mushroom Hour we have the privilege of interviewing Phil Ross of MycoWorks. A pioneer in cultivating living materials for art and design, Phil began using mycelium in the 1990s as a medium for sculpture. Almost three decades on, Phil and his team of artists are now complemented by engineers, biologists, production specialists and material scientists in bringing the first Fine Mycelium™ material, Reishi™, to the world. Anyone who sees his work or hears him speak, can’t help but have their mind set alight by a spark of inspiration. Phil is one of those unique individuals who can take something ancient, like fungi, and derive novel uses for it that not only shift how we see fungi, unlock new ideas and new fields of discovery, but really expand humanity’s entire “realm of the possible”. His lifetime of work with mycelium hints at the vast ocean of infinite opportunities that await humanity as we explore kingdom fungi.
Cooking as a Primer on the Practicum of Biotechnology Push and Pull of Tropisms Fungi as a Cypher to Understand Nature From Forests to Graffiti - Learning to “Read” the Environment Polypore Inspirations for Reishi™ Fine Mycelium Leather Products Indigenous Use of Mycelium Leather Medicinal Qualities of Reishi Mushrooms Cultural Responses to the Gross and the Grotesque Fashion as a Means of Communication How MycoWorks Creates Reishi™ Fine Mycelium Leather Mycelium Sheet Polymer & Leathercraft Learning Curves Scaling Up to the Future of MycoWorks The Transformation of Phil Ross Future of Mycelium Materials EPISODE RESOURCES:
Mycoworks website: https://www.mycoworks.com/ Mycoworks IG: https://www.instagram.com/mycoworks/ Louis Pasteur: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Pasteur Claude Levi-Strauss "The Raw and the Cooked": https://www.amazon.com/Raw-Cooked-Mythologiques-Claude-L%C3%A9vi-Strauss/dp/0226474879 Rudy Rucker "Ware Tetralogy": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ware_TetralogyCarl Woese: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Woese Susan Oyama "Evolution's Eye": https://www.amazon.com/Evolutions-Eye-Systems-Biology-Culture-Cultural/dp/0822324725 Ganoderma lucidum (fungus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganoderma_lucidum Lenzites betulina (fungus): https://www.mushroomexpert.com/lenzites_betulina.html
Ep. 99: Fungi for the People - Understanding Bioremediation & Engaging Fungal Allies (feat. Ja Schindler)
Today on the Mushroom Hour we are excited to have the chance to learn from Ja Schindler. Ja is a fungi researcher/ teacher/ activist/ farmer based in the Southeast Cascade Mountains of Oregon on traditional lands of the Kalapooya peoples. Motivated by desires to challenge issues of environmental injustice, Ja founded Fungi For the People in 2010, which serves as an outlet for collaboratively developing appropriate methods for cultivating and problem solving with people and fungi. As a hands-on cultivator and community organizer he is a focal point of the inspiring community science movement. I can’t wait to hear his take on the role community mycology can play in empowering people and helping us develop a more balanced relationship with our environment.
Early Inspirations from the “Rebound Ecology” of Detroit Moving West, Working with Applied Mycology Community Evolution of Fungi for the People Ecological Restoration & Mycoremediation Impact of Arbuscular Mycorrhizae Advantages of Site-Based Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Bioremediation Work in Contaminated Mining Sites Advice on “Skilling Up” for Bioremediation Projects Background on the EPA and How it Works How EPA Regulates & Facilitates Environmental Cleanups Engaging with Institutional & Regulatory Frameworks Working with Ectomycorrhizal and Endomycorrhizal Fungi at Home Decentralized Future of Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation Impact and Upside of a Parkinson’s Diagnosis EPISODE RESOURCES:
Fungi for the People Website: https://fungiforthepeople.org/ Fungi for the People FB: https://www.facebook.com/FungiForThePeople Fungi for the People IG: https://www.instagram.com/fungiforthepeople/ EPA "CLU-IN" Resource: https://clu-in.org/ "Mycoremediation: Fungal Bioremediation" (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Mycoremediation-Fungal-Bioremediation-Harbhajan-Singh/dp/047175501X Fomitopsis pinicola (Fungus): https://www.mushroomexpert.com/fomitopsis_pinicola.html
Ep. 98: Hips & Haws Wildcrafts - Ireland's Wild Mushrooms, Herbal Medicines & Explorations of Amanita muscaria (feat. Courtney Tyler)
Today on Mushroom Hour we have the privilege of speaking with Courtney Tyler. Courtney is the founder of Hips and Haws Wildcrafts, based in the Wicklow mountains of Ireland. Hips and Haws is a project all about wild food, fermentation, folk herbalism, fungi, foraging and wildcrafting- which is making food or medicine from plants and mushrooms sourced from the wild. She is a keen forager and spends much time wandering the hedgerows and forests of Ireland, searching for wild edibles to preserve as food or medicine or to add to her collection of fermented food and drinks. She passes her knowledge on through her foraging walks and tours, workshops, crafting and recipes. Her passion, knowledge, and her clarity in explaining and sharing her excitement inspires us to re-kindle our connection to the wild around and within us.
Modernity Fatigue, Seeking Connection & Escaping to Nature Finding Solace in Herbalism & Natural Medicine Developing a Connection to Ireland in the Wilds of Wicklow Foraging as a Physical & Spiritual Practice Forage Seasons in Ireland Resurgence of Wild Food Appreciation Forest Composition in Ireland Sitka Spruce Plantations & Groves of Porcini Amanita muscaria Culinary & Medicinal Uses Destigmatizing Amanita muscaria Woodland Wizard Fergus Drennan Creative Preparations of Medicinal Plants & Mushrooms Magic of Koji Future Vanlife Adventures EPISODE RESOURCES:
Hips & Haws Website: https://www.hipsandhaws.com/ H&H Wildcrafts IG: https://www.instagram.com/hipsandhawswildcrafts/ H&H Wildcrafts FB: https://www.facebook.com/hipsandhawswildcrafts/ Wicklow County Ireland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicklow Amanita muscaria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria Fomitopsis betulina (Birch Polypore): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomitopsis_betulina Inonotus obliquus (Chaga): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inonotus_obliquus Fergus Drennan: https://www.instagram.com/fergustheforager/
I love this podcast - such varied topics within the field, interesting guests, and so informative. Thank you!
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This is by far my favorite podcast with really amazing guests and info! Host is very knowledgable, well spoken and asks great questions. I’m always excited when a new episode pops up.
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Darren is a beautiful conversationalist who gracefully communicates with all guests no matter their background (forager to scientist to chef). I appreciate how his thoughtful questions facilitate a deeper understanding of the topics being discussed. This is a staple podcast in my life!!