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  1. #181
    Where are the morels? This website tracks their path

    The page, which started two decades ago, claims a million visits a year, plus more than 10,000 followers on Facebook. The site offers photos, recipes and stories of the oft-cagey mushroom.

    But the most popular feature is a real-time map that shows morel sightings. Over time, visitors can watch as morels progress from George in February and march north through the Midwest and elsewhere, then eventually into Canada.

    “The map is super popular for many to determine about when they should expect them,” says site founder Brad Wildermuth. ”... I think people like to follow it to get a feel for when the morels may be arriving in their particular region.”

    For example, the 2019 map (for dedicated researchers, historical maps are available) shows just two Illinois morel sightings by the end of March — and only at the end of the month and southern tip of the state. Of course, that’s not to say there weren’t sightings elsewhere that went unreported. But it does confirm what morel hunters know: that morels usually don’t pop up in Greater Peoria until April — when the map becomes blotted with sightings in central Illinois along with the rest of the Midwest.

    However, don’t get the idea that anyone is spilling any precious secrets. Web submissions involve only very basic info — ZIP codes, city, county, state — plus images. You’re not going to find any treasure map to a morel paradise.

    “The map is also a way for folks to get on the map and brag or boast of their success,” Wildermuth says. ” ... Most morel hunters are very secretive about their spots. We have never had a morel hunter send in actual GPS coordinates.”

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    Demand for mushrooms dropping, prices remain stable

    The world is feeling the impact of the Corona-virus and for the Polish mushrooms the situation is no different. “The virus has definitely had an impact on our business. We can clearly observe a reduction of the volumes in our customers’ orders. Despite all that we don’t plan on changing any prices. If there’s no currency fluctuation, prices should remain at the same level as they are now.” Leszko concludes.

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    Mushroom sales muddle through after Berlin and Carnival

    In the mushroom trade, the momentum has been taken out of the sale a little. "The regular programs for the supermarkets are running normally, with the actions as outliers, but the day trading is currently very quiet and sales are somewhat disappointing," notes sales manager Diederick Knijnenburg of Oakfield Champignons.

    "I find it difficult to judge whether the Coronavirus has anything to do with it. We do see that people in Germany are hoarding a bit and then they end up with canned vegetables and products with a longer shelf life than our fresh mushrooms. As productions are currently good, there is just a little too much trade left over," Diederick notes. "The demand from French supermarkets is stable, but it is also very quiet from wholesalers there."

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    Diversity and bioprospecting of cultivable fungal assemblages in sediments of lakes in the Antarctic Peninsula

    We detected a rich and diverse fungal community composed of cold cosmopolitan and psychrophilic endemic taxa recognized as decomposers, symbiotics, pathogens, and potential new species, in the sediments of Antarctic lakes.

    The dynamics and balance of this fungal community represents an interesting aquatic web model for further ecological and evolutionary studies under extreme conditions and potential climate changes in the regions.

    In addition, we detected fungal taxa and isolates able to produce bioactive compounds that may represent the source of prototype molecules for applications in medicine and agriculture.

  7. #187
    Decline in Mushroom Consumption

    Following the spread of the coronavirus in Iran, sales of mushrooms have witnessed a 45% decline, chairman of the board of the Union of Mushroom Producers said.

    "Mushroom consumption in Iran is on the fall," Mohammad Hassan Afshar was also quoted as saying by ILNA.

    Consequently, prices have nearly halved in line with diminishing demand.

    "The decrease in prices has jeopardized many mushroom producers," he added.

  8. #188
    Boost your Immune System with Medicinal mushrooms (during the Covid-19 pandemic)

    Quick Summary

    • Covid-19 is here and it’s a big deal. Prepare yourself.
    • Medicinal mushrooms are shown to support the immune system, and show signs of being active against viruses (Covid-19 is a virus)
    • Are medicinal mushrooms a silver bullet? Absolutely not.
    • Will consuming medicinal mushrooms help to support your immune system? Absolutely. I share my favorite medicinal mushrooms below.
    • There is no downside, why not give your body the best chance for success?
    • Finally, this article is NOT about psilocybin containing “magic mushrooms”

  9. #189
    Fungi-Inspired Companies Fill a New Niche in Sustainability

    Fungi are now being transformed into durable and sustainable materials for outerwear, packaging, skincare, and, of course, incorporated into delicious, nutritious meals.

  10. #190
    Friend or Fungi? The complex relationship between fungi and climate change

    The relationship between fungi and climate change is somewhat of a paradox, according to Cathie Aime, professor of botany and plant pathology, but that’s in keeping with these enigmatic and often misunderstood organisms.

    “Fungi are going to be so important in helping to mitigate the damages of climate change,” Aime said. “Fungi recycle everything. For example, humans have drastically changed landscapes around the planet, including inadvertently altering or destroying microbial systems, yet it’s going to be the job of microbes to bring fertility back to soils and resiliency to ecosystems.”

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    Sales in Italy and abroad are fluctuating

    "This is an unprecedented situation: the fresh produce sector is doing its part, but with great sacrifice from all operators. Sales are fluctuating a lot both in Italy and abroad: for example, demand skyrocketed last week but has now dropped considerably," reports Stefano Pezzo, president of Fruitimprese Veneto.

    "Of course consumer habits have changed: they tend to buy at fewer times but they buy more. To us, this means a change in our relationship with big retail chains. Online sales have skyrocketed but, as retailers are not structured to support such demand, times are so long that it is impossible to meet demand."

    Produce processing companies have seen their expenses increase by 20-30%. "Managing the emergency with fewer personnel, maintaining social distancing, disinfecting more frequently, arranging double shifts and a less efficient warehouse lead to an increase in costs, though prices have remained the same."

    Fruitimprese Veneto is trying to help its associates by answering any questions they may have. "Those who export have to deal with the transport situation. Anyway foreign sales of apples, kiwifruit, radicchio, tomatoes and carrots are rather sustained. Citrus fruit, including oranges and lemons, is also popular."

    As for imports, "demand for pears is high due to the lack of Italian produce. Williams from Argentina and South Africa are now arriving."

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    Mushroom retail sales surge in March

    Consumers’ purchases of mushrooms at retail continue to outpace overall produce sales increases, giving the Mushroom Council optimism mushrooms will rebound at foodservice when restaurants begin to reopen.

    Data from IRI show strong mushroom retail sales increases throughout March as consumers stockpiled grocery purchases while social distancing measures began taking effect.

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    Mushroom spawn exports to Europe and North America hindered

    "Although the demand in the European and North American markets is not strong, our recent exports to Asian countries are still relatively stable, especially in Japan and South Korea where market demand has made a significant comeback, and the export volume has increased by 45% over the same period in previous years. This is mainly due to the fact that unlike the European and Northern American countries, Asian countries have a tradition of eating shiitake mushrooms, and people are generally aware of their health benefits. Therefore, during the coronavirus outbreak, instead of consuming less, consumers in these countries have increased their consumption,” Sun said. “The export price of shiitake mushroom spawns has been relatively stable. The current export price is about 1 euro per piece.

    "The yield of shiitake mushrooms grown with spawns is about 30% higher than that with packed culture, and the cultivation time is about twice as short (7-10 days). In addition, the produced shiitake mushrooms are better in taste and higher in nutritional value.

    "Nowadays, not only large factories but many consumers in Europe and the United States buy mushroom spawn directly from the market and grow mushrooms at home,” the manager said. “Due to their rich nutritional value and unique flavor, shiitake mushrooms are gradually being known among overseas consumers. Their lucrative margin has also attracted many overseas manufacturers to import mushroom spawns from China to grow locally and sell directly. Our export volume last year was about 50 million pieces, and our annual export growth rate is stable at 30-40%."

  15. #195
    Review: Lack of voices hurts documentary ‘Fantastic Fungi

    The documentary pushes back on “shrooms” being considered a party drug and highlights their connection to counterculture revolutionary movements. It is critical of how alternative knowledge and communities are footnoted by speaking to the value of their approach in using medicinal mushrooms.

    The problem is the documentary takes place in that same footnoting. It is sorely missing any primary sources. Those sources could be the indigenous voices or non-western voices it pays lip service to but never directly engages with.

    It’s not just that the whitewashing of this knowledge is reprehensible. It is also a disservice to not provide knowledge that the audience could have greatly benefited from. Ignoring such a large portion of knowledge is a detriment and becomes a glaring gap as the documentary goes along. It sometimes reaches a ridiculous level.

    When Stamets speaks about Mayan Mushroom Stones that he seemingly owns, while sitting in front of his fireplace with his spoils, it is really hard to not wonder how one should read it.

    Was there no one of Mayan descent who could have spoken directly to how the history influenced their lives? Did the documentary not want to include them?

    There still is much to appreciate about the knowledge provided in the documentary, which is sure to amaze and inform in equal measure.

    The filmmakers seem aware that important diverse voices are left out of the conversation and attempt to include them in a montage at the end. It also brings up important points about environmentalism and supporting biodiversity.

    There is just so much left out that “Fantastic Fungi” not only falls short of being fantastic but also follows an unfortunate pattern of footnoting knowledge that too often is forgotten.

  16. #196
    Shutdown of catering sector problematic for Shiitake mushrooms

    The catering sector is one of the main markets for Shiitake mushrooms. As several countries are in lockdown, international trade has almost come to a complete stop, says Vincenzo Salento, sales manager Europe for Shiitake mushroom exporter Nature Green Ukraine LLC: “As with other categories, the Shiitake market in Europe is coping with the virus outbreak and adjusting to the new situation. The catering sector, which is a relevant share of shiitake sales, is all but entirely shut down due to lockdown in force in many countries. On the other hand, grocery retail is on the rise, but remains mainly focused on local productions at this moment in time. Local independent organic retail is also doing well. Things are being changed as most precautionary measures are expected to be lifted in the second half of May.”

  17. #197
    Mushroom picker 2

    Game for the best mushroom pickers.
    Hidden object game: try to find real mushroom in the forest
    Offline search simulator game with lot of location on many location.

  18. #198
    Forget CBD. Mushrooms Are the Beauty and Wellness Superfood You Need Right Now

    “Fungi are the ultimate longevity experts, managing to pave their way through a billion years of life,” says Tonya Papanikolov, a holistic nutritionist and founder and CEO of Rainbo, a line of ingestible mushroom supplements. “From a wellness perspective, they increase the body’s immunity and resilience to stress and have the ability to enhance brain functions, too.”

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    When fungus takes on wood

    An international research team used it to better understand the factors accounting for different decomposition rates among fungi, which could be important in predicting early and mid-stage wood decay.

    "Fungi differ massively in how quickly they decompose wood, releasing carbon back into the ecosystem,” says Nicky Lustenhouwer from the University of California, Santa Cruz, lead author of a paper in the journal PNAS.

    “Our study identifies different fungal traits that explain this variation, which has great potential to improve predictions of the carbon cycle in forests."

    They found that decomposing ability varies along a spectrum from slow-growing, stress-tolerant fungi that are poor decomposers, to fast-growing, highly competitive fungi that have fast decomposition rates.

    Slow growing, stress-tolerant fungi with poor intrinsic wood-decaying abilities are more likely to exist in drier forests with high precipitation seasonality. In contrast, fast-growing, highly competitive fungi tend to be found in more favourable environments and decompose wood more quickly, regardless of the local microclimate.

    "We show that the same processes that determine where a fungus lives – that is, its ability to displace other fungi versus survive in stressful environments – closely aligns with its decomposition ability,” says co-author Daniel Maynard, from ETH Zurich.

    “This connection allows us to translate an ecological mechanism into broad-scale patterns in microbial decomposition rates, helping to address a key uncertainty in earth system models."

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