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Foraging for fungi in the Pacific Northwest

Mushroom hunters and the science behind a bumper crop
Video - January 12, 2011 by Amanda Peacher
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fungi video
Jan 14, 2011 01:46 PM
Loved the video on mushroom pickers. It made me hungry!
mushroom video
Jan 20, 2011 09:47 PM
as an avid mushroom hunter, i'd like to propose a minor clarification: while mushroom harvesting does not NECESSARILY harm mycelia bodies, improper/sloppy harvesting can be devastating. the analogy of an apple tree is appropriate (a healthy tree will keep giving you apples year after year), but it also illustrates my point - to keep the apples coming, you'd need to protect the tree! when reckless or uneducated pickers rake aside duff and leave soil exposed, the mycelia are likely to dry out and die; this type of harvesting is like picking apples by cutting down trees... unsustainable, thoughtless, and shortsighted.
Joshua Miller
Joshua Miller
Feb 15, 2011 11:36 AM
disposable, you make an extremely important point. a basic understanding of fungal life cycles and knowledge of the mushrooms one is picking and their respective habitats/ecological niche is essential to responsible and sustainable foraging. And really this applies to all foraging, not only mushroom hunting.

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