The benefits of fungi span far beyond the delicious morsels of shitaki and chantrelle mushrooms that we enjoy as foods, or the psylocibes that some partake in to refresh their ideas and spirits.
The Ecologist has a good piece about mushroom guru, Paul Stamets -- his work understanding and communicating their eye-opening benefits to humanity.
Mushrooms are often thought to be little more than parasites which cause illness and destruction in plants. But their role is far more subtle, complex and varied. They are crucial to ecosystems, breaking down matter and recycling nutrients. In Paul's words: 'Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death - without them, all ecosystems would fail.' Neither forests nor fungi could exist without the other.
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