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    The Place Where Mushrooms Get Their Own Parade

    In the midst of a cross-cultural mushroom mania, we visit a festival where longtime fungi fans gather to discuss the latest in psychedelic, culinary, and medicinal mycology.

    Backed by a soundtrack of drums, attendees of the 39th annual Telluride Mushroom Festival chanted their enthusiasm as they made their way down the city’s main drag. Many were dressed as types of fungi—red and white polka-dotted Amanita muscaria was a popular choice—while others simply carried real-life specimens along for the ride. There were signs: “Give Us Room to Shroom,” “Lion’s Mane Grows Your Brain,” and “Non-Judgment Day Is Coming.” It was the culmination of a half-week spent exploring the mycological wonders of the world in a paradisiacal landscape perfect for foraging (or taking another kind of trip).

  2. #102
    How wild mushroom delicacies in Goa are threatening its forests

    The popularity of edible wild mushrooms is turning into an ecological threat for the forests of Goa.

    Wild mushrooms play an important role as decomposing agents and their depleting numbers can have severe repercussions on the health of the forests.

    The Goa forest department banned harvesting of these mushrooms in 1992. However, next year, the ban was amended to cover only wildlife sanctuaries and government protected forests.

    Social media images of women selling the mushrooms on huge leaves on the roadside create an even bigger buzz around this monsoon favourite.

  3. #103
    Researchers resolve how fungi produce compounds with potential pharmaceutical applications

    Research led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has solved a nearly 50-year-old mystery of how nature produces a large class of bioactive chemical compounds.

    The compounds, called prenylated indole alkaloids, were first discovered in fungi in the 1970s. Since then, they have attracted considerable interest for their wide range of potential applications as useful drugs. One compound is already used worldwide as an antiparasitic for livestock.

    Understanding how the fungi build these chemicals is essential to reproducing them and creating variants in the lab for new applications. The fungi’s genes encode enzymes, and these enzymes use very simple building blocks to perform each step to build the complex molecule.

  4. #104
    Why does the CDC want us to 'Think Fungus'?

    When people think of infectious microbes, they typically think of bacteria and virus. There is, however, another enormous group of organisms that can affect our health: fungi.

    Fungi are all around us and people are infected when they inhale the microscopic fungi, fungal spores or through direct contact.

    Sometimes the exposure to fungi is through contaminated products. That happened in the 2012 outbreak when more than 13,534 people were exposed to methylprednisolone (an anti-inflammatory drug), which was contaminated with a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum that typically infects plants but not humans. In this outbreak, 753 cases of contaminated-product related fungal infections were reported and 61 people died.

    Fungal outbreaks caused by understudied species are notably challenging because diagnostic tools and treatment options are insufficient.

  5. #105
    Nicolas Cage Will Play a Vengeful Truffle Hunter Trying to Find His Stolen Hog in 'Pig'

    Nicolas Cage is going hog wild in his next movie, Pig, in which he plays a truffle hunter bent on revenge after his beloved truffle-sniffing swine is kidnapped.

    When Cage's prized truffle-foraging pig is stolen, he must journey into Portland – and his long-abandoned past – to recover her.

  6. #106
    ‘There’s mushrooms I’ve never seen before’: Terrace mushroom hunter says 2019 season one for the books

  7. #107
    Antarctic Fungi Provides a Window into the Past and Future

    Most life forms are unable to survive the mind-numbing temperatures on the polar continent of Antarctica, which can reach minus 90 degrees Celsius. In this extreme climate, however, researchers have found snow and ice harbors fungi specially adapted to thrive.

    A new book, Fungi of Antarctica, edited by Luiz Henrique Rosa, was published on June 19 and features a chapter “Fungi in Snow and Glacial Ice of Antarctica,” which identifies fungi in the snow and ice of the continent and reviews their features, functions, and biotechnological applications.

    The 28 different species of fungi indexed in the chapter were likely transported to the continent by air currents, decanted from the atmosphere through precipitation, and settled on the snow and ice.

    Researchers found the fungi broadly distributed in the different ice layers and ecosystems of Antarctica. “Both cold substrates, snow and ice, harbor interesting fungal species living at the edge of life in terms of temperature, low nutrient availability, and high exposure to ultraviolet radiation,” the authors wrote. Two species of Antarctic fungi, which were not part of the study, recently survived 18 months on the International Space Station, with more than 60 percent of cells intact.

  8. #108
    The gospel of mushrooms: how foraging became hip

    Searching for fungi has long had an old-world mystique. But for generations coming of age during the climate crisis, the powerful organisms are more important than ever

  9. #109
    Mushrooms Going Mainstream

    As part of their ongoing Wixon Innovates – a trendspotting project for product development – Wixon taste experts are digging into mushrooms, more specifically, adaptogenic mushrooms. This focus on fungi is rooted in the blossoming plant-based trend where consumers are turning to plant-based products as a healthy addition to their diets. And according to Innova Market Insights, one in two U.S. consumers report health as the reason for buying plant-based alternatives to bread, meat or dairy.

    “What we’re finding,” says Wixon Marketing Manager, Becca Henrickson, “is that as more consumers seek out plant-based alternatives to meat products and healthier food options, mushrooms can provide the desired texture and health halo they want. Mushrooms are widely known for their earthy and umami-rich flavor, but their popularity is fast-growing for their associated health benefits and meat-like texture, as well.”

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