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The Exchange

The Power and Potential of Fungi

We learn about the miracle of fungi, from mushrooms, to yeast, to mold on your shower curtain. Fungi are in a vast yet little-known kingdom of their own, closer to animals than plants, and one of the oldest and largest organisms on earth.  In addition to tasty mushrooms foraged in fall, we learn about the important role fungi plays in the ecosystem, their relationship to trees, and promising areas of research for the future. 


Rick van de Poll.

We also hear from Evan Hennessey, chef and owner of Stages at One Washington restaurant in Dover. Here's a photo of some fungi he found in the woods this fall:

Credit Evan Hennessey

Read the first-ever State of the World's Fungi Report to learn more and see some beautiful pictures.

Mycologist Paul Stamets lists six ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: including cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses:

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