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    “Mushroom Foraging” takes a look into the lives of different mushroom hunters. Follow along to learn about the ups and downs of this little-known trade.

    https://vimeo.com/556291217

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    Fungi embrace fundamental economic theory as they engage in trading

    A research paper entitled "Walrasian equilibrium behavior in nature" is available online and will appear in an upcoming edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ted Loch-Temzelides, a professor of economics and the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice, examined through an economic lens data from ecological experiments on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi networks, which connect to plants and facilitate the trading of nutrients for carbon.

    Loch-Temzelides found that these relationships resemble how economists think about competitive - also known as Walrasian - markets. The paper demonstrates that Walrasian equilibrium, a leading concept in the economic theory of markets used to make predictions, can also be used to understand trade in this "biological market."

    "Far from being self-sacrificing, organisms such as fungi can exhibit competitive behavior similar to that in markets involving sophisticated human participants," Loch-Temzelides said.

    His finding also implies that resources are allocated to the maximum benefit of the market participants -- in this case, fungi and plants.

    "Mycorrhizal fungi networks around the world are estimated to sequester around 5 billion tons of carbon per year," Loch-Temzelides said. "Manipulating the terms of trade so that carbon obtained from host plants becomes less expensive compared to nutrients could lead to additional carbon being stored in the soil, which could provide major benefits in fighting climate change."

    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea...-fef062921.php

  3. #263
    Nicolas Cage in ‘Pig’: Film Review

    The actor stars in Michael Sarnoski’s Oregon-set debut feature about an off-the-grid truffle hunter who returns to the city in search of his kidnapped foraging pig.



    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/mo...g-2-1234976667

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