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Parasol Mushrooms (Macrolepiota procera) and Fungi Perfecti Mushroom Tribe

Paul Stamets and life-partner Dusty Yao share their delicious, giant Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) patch with their teammates at Starship FP (www.fungi.com). We inoculated a thatch ant mound with one gallon of pure cultured spawn by mixing the mycelium into their mound. The ants were initially disturbed but then quickly rebuilt their nest incorporating the Macrolepiota procera mycelium into its structure. The next year a few Parasol mushrooms sprouted. In the years subsequently, several hundred giant mushrooms appeared. Attine ants started cultivating Parasol mushroom mycelium more than 25000000 years ago as part of their ‘host defense’ against disease. The Parasol mycelium pre-selects a bacterium (actually an actinomyces) which, in turn, produces an anti-fungal antibiotic that prevents fungal pathogens from infecting the ant colony. Perhaps there is a lesson for humans here? By pairing with select mushrooms, we can prevent disease. Who knew ? (Answer: Ants !)
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A Tribe Called Quest – Mind Power

A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes and Life – Mind Power (1996). Produced By Ali Shaheed Muhammad. tenBennys – www.youtube.com

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