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Interwoven with short essays on the lessons of the fungi, Radical Mycology begins with chapters that explore the uniqueness of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles of micro and macro fungi, skills for accurately identifying mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi, the importance of lichens as indicators of environmental health, and the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures. With this foundation laid, the reader is then equipped to work with the fungi directly. Techniques for making potent fungal medicines, growing fermenting fungi for food, and cheaply cultivating mushrooms using recycled tools (and yet still achieving lab-quality results) are explored in-depth. Subsequent chapters grow far beyond the limits of other books on mushrooms. Detailed information on the principles and practices of what McCoy calls "regenerative natural mushroom farming" is presented along with extensive information on cultivating mycorrhizal fungi and the science of mycoremediation (the application of fungi to mitigate pollution in our homes and environment). Concluding the book are deeper insights into the cultural effects that fungi present, from a philosophical reflection of fungal growth in the design of human societies, to an exhaustive examination of the history of psychoactive mushrooms.
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Book Description Softcover. Condition: New Book. Reprint. 25cm x 21cm. xx, 650 pages,  pages of colour photographs, black and white photographs and illustrations. Illustrated wrappers. "Fungi are found throughout the world, often playing critical roles at the center of all ecological webs. As culturally important foods and medicines, they have been intimately tied to the development and spread of human societies. Even today, fungal cultivation offers numerous means to increase the health of humans and the environment. And yet, the fungal kingdom is the most understudied branch on the tree of life. Thankfully, Peter McCoy has provided the means for dispelling this paradox in Radical Mycology, the most accessible book on the science of fungi ever published. In this comprehensive text, readers will find in-depth information on the uniqueness of fungal biology, compelling descriptions of their ecological importance, guides to accurately identifying mushrooms, skills for using lichens as indicators of environmental health, techniques for making potent fungal medicines, as well as how to grow fermenting fungi and cheaply cultivate mushrooms with recycled tools (and yet still achieve lab-quality results). McCoy also details what he calls "regenerative outdoor mushroom farming"--a practice largely influenced by the design system of permaculture--along with extensive information on mycoremediation, the application of fungi to mitigate pollution. Concluding the book are deeper insights into the cultural effects that fungi present, from a philosophical reflection of fungal growth in the design of human societies, to an exhaustive examination of the history of psychoactive mushrooms." (publisher's blurb) Shipped Weight: 2 kilos. ISBN: 0986399604. ISBN/EAN: 9780986399602. This is a heavy book and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries. Seller Inventory # 0015430
Book Description Soft cover. Condition: Fine. Large paperback in fine condition. Beautiful, crisp book. Like new. Seller Inventory # 15160