Tag Archives: fungi

The Ancient Love of Mushrooms

With the last day of summer behind us, we are reminded by the beautiful first signs of autumn, the grace in letting go. As the air turns crisp and the abundant harvests from summer are gathered from the gardens, we prepare for the arrival of fall. Each passing season has sage lessons to teach those who’re willing to listen. We

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Can Fungi Ease Disease in Bees?

by Connor Yearsley Many people grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh, the good-natured bear who was often looking for “hunny” in rotting tree hollows. Renowned mycologist (fungi expert) Paul Stamets, however, maybe the first person to wonder if some bees are drawn to rotting wood partly because of the health benefits that the fungal mycelia can provide as they break down the wood. Mycelia

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Mushrooms Boost Brain Power

If you’re a fan of mushrooms, rejoice! These nutritious little fungi have several known benefits to our health, including lowering your chance of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And now, there appears to be yet another advantage to eating mushrooms. New research shows that they may help protect the brain from degenerative conditions such as dementia. The study, which took

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Fungi Have Enormous Potential For New Antibiotics

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from nature’s own resources. The findings – which could prove very useful in the battle against antibiotic resistance – were recently published in the journal, Nature Microbiology. Antibiotics have saved millions

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Could Fungi Be A Vast, Untapped Source Of New Antibiotics?

Fungi could harbor a vast treasure trove for new drugs to fight infections caused by bacteria and other microbes. This was the conclusion that scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, came to after scanning the genomes of several species of fungi and identifying more than 1,000 pathways that make bioactive compounds. The team believes that the

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