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. 143: Wild Mushroom Education, Intentional Communities & Breaking the Binary (feat. Jules Amanita)
Today we are joined by the magnanimous and adventurous Jules Amanita. Jules is a self-taught amateur mycologist with a passion for demystifying fungi and combatting mycophobia. They are a 26-year-old avid mushroom photographer, artist, and chef who identifies as queer/nonbinary. Living at Twin Oaks Community, an egalitarian commune in central Virginia they live an outdoorsy, DIY lifestyle that is highly aligned with values of social justice and sustainability. Jules creates pictorial, text-based, animated, video, musical, and interactive content aimed at educating the public about mushrooms. Common themes include identification, field guide literacy, conservation, cultural history, accessible science, cooking, and general appreciation of fungi. They also lead virtual and in-person workshops on mushroom identification, as well as teaching a weekly Forest School to a group of children between the ages of 2 and 10. I’m excited to learn more from someone who unabashedly celebrates fungi in their myriad forms!
Shaggy Manes, Indigo Milkcaps Autodidactic Mycology Journey Foraging Resources Finding & Cultivating Foraging Community Online Foraging CultureFungi as Non-Binary, Mycology as a Queer Discipline Redefining Human Narratives Twin Oaks Egalitarian Community Realities of Starting and Running a Commune Chores, Income & Relationship Dynamics in Communes How Communes Interact with Broader Social Ecologies100+ Species of Mushrooms Eaten?! Life Narrative Entwined in Mycology EMDR & Foraging as Trauma Therapy EPISODE RESOURCES:
Jules Amanita Website: https://www.mushroomqueer.com/ Jules' IG: https://www.instagram.com/jules.amanita/ Jules' Tiktok: https://firstname.lastname@example.org?lang=en Mushroom Expert: https://mushroomexpert.com/ The Bolete Filter: https://boletes.wpamushroomclub.org/ Federation of Egalitarian Communities: https://www.thefec.org/ Twin Oaks Intentional Community: https://www.twinoaks.org/ Lactifluus Genus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactifluus Lactifluus volemus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactifluus_volemus Lactifluus hygrophoroides: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactifluus_hygrophoroides Lactifluus corrugis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactifluus_corrugis Leotia lubrica (Jelly baby): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leotia_lubrica Exsudoporus frostii (Frost's bolete): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exsudoporus_frostii
Ep. 142: Mycorrhizal Markets & The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (feat. Prof. Toby Kiers)
Today on Mushroom Hour we have the privilege of being joined by Prof. Toby Kiers - Professor of Evolutionary Biology and University Research Chair at Vrije Fryy Universiteit Universitight Amsterdam. Her lab uses nanoprobes and high-resolution imaging to map the nutrient flows and architecture of plant-fungal networks. She is globally recognized for her scientific work in the evolution of symbiotic trade, and her public outreach activities, including a 2019 TED talk. Kiers won an Ammodo Award in 2019 for “unfettered science”, was awarded the E.O. Wilson Award for Natural History in 2021 and won an IMPACT award from the Dutch science foundation in 2021 for founding the non-profit SPUN - the Society for the Protection of Underground networks.
Morel Memories & Research in Panama Refining Definitions of Symbiosis and Mutualism How Ecosystems are Shaped by Competitive and Symbiotic Dynamics Symbiosis and Mutualism without Altruism Competition within Mutualisms Biological Market Theory "Decisions" vs. Genetic Strategies Quantum Dot Technology & Visualizing Fungal Networks Mysteries of Bi-Directional Nutrient Transport & Molecular Motors Fungal & Plant Market Manipulations Can Understanding Fungal Market Economies Help Us Predict the Stock Market? How Do We Quantify Flows in Real World Forests? SPUN – The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks Shifting Conservation Priorities to the Unseen EPISODE RESOURCES:
Toby Kiers Website: https://tobykiers.com/ SPUN Website: https://www.spun.earth/ Ronald Noë (Biological Market Theory): https://sites.google.com/site/ronaldnoe/RN-home?authuser=0 Rhizophagus aggregatus (fungus): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/Browser/wwwtax.cgi?id=241619
Ep. 141: Wild Creativity - Chocolate Ears, Mushroom Paper, Stinkhorn Juice & Amanita Ice Cream (feat. Fergus Drennan)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are graced by the presence of woodland spirit Fergus Drennan aka Fergus The Forager. Fergus has been gathering and learning about wild plants, seaweeds, and fungi for over 40 years. His journey begun on Wimbledon Common, aged 3 years, collecting dandelions for the family’s pet tortoise. Since those early days, and through much creative and experimental exploration he has continued his foraging practice, not only as a means to understand and to discover the practical relevance that foraging has in the modern developed world, but also in terms of what it means to be an environmentally conscious human in relation to the natural world. “Can foraging ever be considered a truly sustainable practice, and if so how?”, is a question that always orchestrates his foraging activity. So too does a pursuit of foraging’s playful and creative possibilities. Truth be told, Fergus just loves being outside, admiring nature as part of nature, living in touch with her reassuring seasonal cycles, awake to her sensuality, her surprises, opportunities, and endless gifts, in pursuit of the good life.
Trips with Mom to Wimbledon Common Tortoise Teacher, I Spy Insects Play, Creativity and Foraging Brambles, Pine Pollen & Jelly Ears Foraging “Nose to Tail” Foraging as a Subversive Act Life Stacking Avoiding Neurosis & Being Saved by Others Reciprocal Dialogue with the Natural World Developing a Relationship with Local Open Space Complicity in Industrial Systems Amanita muscaria Workshops Amanita muscaria as Food & Medicine Foraged Books & Making Paper from Mushrooms EPISODE RESOURCES:
Fergus the Forager Website: https://fergustheforager.co.uk/ Fergus IG: https://www.instagram.com/fergustheforager/ Pine pollen: https://nutrawiki.org/pine-pollen/ Auricularia auricula-judae (AKA Jelly Ear): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auricularia_auricula-judae Plantago major: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major Pascal Baudar: https://www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/ Fergus Henderson (author): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Whole_Beast Jason Hickel (author): https://www.jasonhickel.org/ Katy Bowman: https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/ Fomitopsis betulina (AKA Birch Polypore): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomitopsis_betulina David Arora article on Amanita muscaria: https://williamrubel.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/rubel_arora_muscaria_economic_botany3.pdf” Merck Index: https://www.rsc.org/merck-index Phallus impudicus (AKA Stinkhorn): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phallus_impudicus
Ep. 140: Dropping Spores in Singapore & Bewildering Mycelium Creations (feat. Ng Sze Kiat)
Today on Mushroom Hour we the privilege to get to know mushroom cultivation artist Kiat. Kiat is the founder of Bewilder, a Mycological Design Studio based in Singapore. As the one-man R&D team behind this project, Kiat knows his science! For him, growing mushrooms is an intense and carefully tuned process that also blends in a fair bit of artistry and intuition. Before founding Bewilder, Kiat worked on a local farm cultivating mushrooms out of waste substrates. These years of experience and experimentation formed him into the self-taught mushroom cultivator he is today. As he explores ever more mysteries of growing fungi, he continues to bow his head humbly to the ways of nature.
Childhood Love of Nature Becomes a Mushroom Addiction Mycophobia and “Success Culture” in Singapore Showing What's Possible, Asking Questions Mushrooms as a Tool for Doing Good Founding Bewilder Design Studio Communities vs Competition in Myco-Entrepreneurship Myco-Composite Materials Government Control and Separation from Nature Seeking Out Native Strains for Food & Mycomaterials Mycelium Lampshades Being Humble, Recognizing Our Place in Nature Relinquishing Control, Reconnecting to Greater Consciousness Importance of Making Mistakes Bewilder Commercial Projects and Research Areas EPISODE RESOURCES:
Bewilder SG Website: https://www.bewildersg.com/ Bewilder IG: https://www.instagram.com/bewildersg/ Terrestrial Fungi (Inspiration): https://www.instagram.com/bewildersg/ Ganoderma weberianum (fungus): https://www.mycobank.org/page/Name%20details%20page/name/Ganoderma%20weberianum Filoboletus manipularis (fungus): https://singapore.biodiversity.online/species/F-Basidomycota-000035 Mycena chlorophos (fungus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycena_chlorophos
Ep. 139: Funganista - From Music Stardom to Mycological Obsession (feat. Andy Overall)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are graced by the presence of mycologist and musician Andy Overall. Andy has had a fascinating journey from the Blue Zoo and pop stardom back through the hedges and woodlands when he became interested in mushrooms back in the early 1990’s. He realized he needed something else, another interest other than his involvement with music. Growing up as a boy during the 60’s in the English, market town countryside, of Braintree, Essex he nurtured an interest in nature…And then along came David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and everything changed course for a while! Later in life his rekindled interest in fungi evolved into obsession as he began to see an infinite variety of fungal species appearing before him and he wanted to get to know them all. Since his obsession began, Andy has published magazines, countless articles and in 2017 his first book all about fungi - “FUNGI-Mushrooms & Toadstools of Parks, Gardens, Heaths and Woodlands”. He is the fungi recorder for the London Natural History Society and a Group Leader in the London Fungus Group. I’m excited to learn about the mycological journey of a culture creator, artist and naturalist and his explorations into what he so poetically dubs, “the jewels in nature’s crown”
From Wilderness to Ziggy Stardust Birth of Blue Zoo Shifting from Pop Stardom to Mycology Evolution of the Amateur Mycology Community Professional Surveying for Fungi Insights from Biodiversity Databases Making Better Decisions About Forest Management Role of DNA in Fungal Surveys Heathrow Airport Cortinarius Contributions of Amateur Naturalists Tips to Making Better Observations Process of Mushroom Spotting & Identification Ethnomycology Travels in Oaxaca, Czech Republic, Australia Published and Unpublished Works of Gaston Guzman EPISODE RESOURCES:
Andy Overall Website: http://www.fungitobewith.org/ London Fungi Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/LondonFungusNetwork/ British Mycological Society: https://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/ Blue Zoo Website: http://www.bluezoo.org.uk/ Roger Phillips (Legend): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Phillips_(photographer) Marcel Bon (Mycologist): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Bon Mark Spencer (Botanist): https://markspencerbotanist.com/ GIGL: https://www.gigl.org.uk/londons-open-spaces/ Cortinarius heatherae (fungus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortinarius_heatherae Laetiporus sulphureus (AKA Chicken of the Woods): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laetiporus_sulphureus
Ep. 138: Paleontology & Prototaxites - Mysteries of the Gigantic, Paleozoic Fungus (feat. Dr. Kevin Boyce)
Today on Mushroom Hour we have the privilege of being joined by Dr. Kevin Boyce, Professor of Geological Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Boyce's research is focused on the biological and environmental impacts of the evolution of plant structure, development, and physiology from the Paleozoic colonization of land through the subsequent radiations of land plant forms up to and including the Cretaceous radiation of flowering plants. This work involves both living and fossil plants and a wide variety of approaches: developmental and physiological investigation, climate modeling, comparative study of morphological diversity, and cell and tissue-specific analysis of elemental, isotopic, and organic chemistry. These tools have been applied to three connected areas of research that each inform wider questions concerning the evolution of terrestrial environments: 1. the evolution of leaf morphology, development, and physiology with feedbacks to climate and primary productivity, 2. the evolution of cell wall biochemistry and its influence on organic matter burial as a sink in the carbon cycle, and 3. the establishment of early terrestrial life and ecosystems encompassing the complete biota including animals, fungi, and microbial communities in addition to the plants. I’m excited to learn about the coevolution of plants and fungi, prototaxites and how we learn about organismal evolution and community assembly from the ancient past.
The Path into PaleontologyGeobiology & Defining Geological Eras Fungal & Plant Fossil Records Absolute Time & Relative Time Evolution of Plant Physiology Coevolution of Plants, Bacteria, Fungi and Animals Stochastic "Rules" of Community Assembly Geochemistry Genetic Tools and Phylogeny Changing Paleontology Prototaxites Biochemical Signatures of Heretrophs and Autotrophs Piecing Together a Paleozoic Landscape Lifestyle, Physiology and Growth Rate of Prototaxites Future Work into the Cenozoic EPISODE RESOURCES:
Dr. Kevin Boyce Academic Website: https://biology.stanford.edu/people/kevin-boyce Dr. Boyce Paper on Prototaxites: https://awarticles.s3.amazonaws.com/Boyce2007.pdf Prototaxites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prototaxites Geologic Time Scale: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geologic_time_scale "Wonderful Life" by Stephen Gould: https://wwnorton.com/books/Wonderful-Life/ Lycopodium (clubmoss genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycopodium "Stinkhorn" Mushrooms: https://www.mushroomexpert.com/stinkhorns.html
This is one of my favorite science podcasts out there (ok it is my favorite, but I really like learning about mushrooms). This one is top notch. I also listen to Allie Ward and Talk Nerdy To Me.
Every time I listen I feel like my brain is exploding with so much information. It weaves organic chemistry, culture, botany, community, food, foraging, medicine, bioremediation, cultivation… all of this into the realm of fungi. I love this podcast.
The host does a phenomenal job asking questions and you can tell he’s engaged and just as curious as the listener. He’s great. Thank you for all your hard work and getting really thoughtful and smart, so smart, guests. It’s been such a pleasure getting to listen to this gem of a podcast!
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I love this podcast - such varied topics within the field, interesting guests, and so informative. Thank you!
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