Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday Fungus: some mushrooms stories

A few links and such on mushroom matters:

What if you could take 1 million pounds of waste that was heading towards landfill and repurpose it to grow food? Well, that’s exactly what two recent UC Berkeley graduates are doing with their company Back to the Roots.

Founders, Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez started a 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm that transforms coffee ground waste into the growing medium for gourmet mushrooms.

Strange-looking pink and yellow mushrooms are set to liven up the vegetable aisle when they go on sale. The exotic mushrooms are not grown in some far-flung part of the world, but in a small village in Lancashire. 

(They're not that exotic - just oyster mushrooms!)

A fungus that makes biodiesel as part of its natural lifecycle has attracted the attention of American scientists wishing to tap into its potential.
Told you mushrooms are amazing!

And in Reading they eat your drive:

A couple were left baffled when their driveway started to erupt only to find it was caused by a crop of mushrooms.

A little taste there of the weird fungal world - a world that contains the world's biggest, oldest and fastest growing living things, a world of things that eat rubbish,  clear up dead stuff and - most importantly - give us beer, bread and wine.

Here's to fungi!


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