Paul Stamets is a real mushroom expert and regularly features in news articles, films, documentaries and interviews. In this TED talk he talks about why he believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds.
The focus of Stamets’ research is the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.
There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet.
Grab a cuppa and watch this.. I guarantee it will make you look at mushrooms in a new light!
For more info on Paul Stamets see his website Fungi Perfecti
For those of you on twitter he tweets as @PaulStamets