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Man patents natural, non-toxic pesticide that could make many agricultural chemicals obsolete

2/9/2016 - Back in 2006, one of the world's foremost mycologists secured a patent that, once fully developed, could shatter the power of the pesticide industry. This would be a major setback not just for manufacturers of chemical poisons like Dow, but also for companies like Monsanto that genetically modify crops...

Antarctic fungi could be able to colonize Mars

2/7/2016 - Fungi from the rocks of Antarctica may be tough enough to survive on Mars, according to the results of a study published in the journal Astrobiology. The research is part of an effort to discover what types of life forms may have previously lived on Mars, or may be there still. "The most relevant...

Fungi pesticide offers non-toxic alternative to chemical pesticides

6/2/2015 - A patent for a pesticide made from mushrooms was granted in 2006. This pesticide is safe, nontoxic and can control over two-hundred thousand types of insects. Fungi are known to cause insect diseases and the use of spores from fungi has been known for over 100 years. Previous patents were granted as...

Overused fungicides give rise to deadly, resistant fungus threatening humans and crops

8/19/2014 - Nature always finds a way. Despite the advanced technology that humans possess, nature always seems to be one step ahead. This is particularly true for drug-resistant fungi, a phenomenon threatening enough to demand further research. Four years ago, Dutch researchers were the first to link the agricultural...

Fungi - such as mushrooms, molds and yeasts - are actually more closely related to animals than to plants

3/7/2014 - At first glance, mushrooms, molds and other fungi appear to be a type of plant. After all, they are stationary, they grow out of a single substrate, and their tissues look roughly similar to those produced by plants. But fungi are actually an entirely separate kingdom of living beings, on the same level...

Your feet are full of fungi - 200 species live there, say scientists

6/1/2013 - If you are a germaphobe - that is, you constantly worry about bacteria and germs and the infections they might potentially cause - then you will probably be surprised to learn that your body is naturally teeming with hundreds of species of diverse fungi. As evidenced by new research published in the...

Experts 30 years later - Intestinal fungi like Candida can contribute to disease

6/25/2012 - Certain biologists and "alternative" practitioners have long been supporting the notion that intestinal fungi can contribute to disease. When we take antibiotics or eat a western diet, yeasts like Candida Albicans gets a chance to flourish in the intestinal tract. Healthy gut flora is vital in maintaining...

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Book Review)

3/7/2008 - If you enjoy eating exotic mushrooms, are interested in their nutritional and medicinal value and if you would like to learn how to establish mushrooms in your yard, garden or woods, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets will not disappoint you. If the subtitle How...

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