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At Explore Fungi you will find information pertaining to various species of mushrooms.  We are an educational resource for all things fungi.  You will also find links to items such as spores, and spore sprints.  We have information about medicinal, magic, and edible fungi. 

We have a passion for nature and mushrooms. We share that with other fungi enthusiasts.  We explore microscopic worlds, and observe the ever fascinating life cycle of the fungi.  We believe there is much to gain from fungi that could help us with healing the environment, and healing ourselves.

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Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata

The world depends on fungi, because they are major players in the cycling of materials and energy around the world.

E. O. Wilson

Vitamin D from mushrooms is not only vegan and vegetarian friendly, but you can prepare your own by exposing mushrooms to the summer sun.

Paul Stamets

More testing needs to be done to know if it is medicinal or not, and if so, for what.If it is effective, much more testing is needed to know what dose should be taken, and for which conditions, how many times per day and how long to take it. As far as I know, no one is doing clinical trials on chaga. What is needed is a double blinded clinical trial with over 100 patients.

Alan Rockefeller

There is a world beyond ours, a world that is far away, nearby and invisible.

Maria Sabina

A species of ergot growing on darnel may have existed in ancient Greece that contained mainly hallucinogenic alkaloids of ergot such as we have found in ergot of Paspalum.

Albert Hoffman

Although oyster mushrooms have been studied extensively and support health in a number of ways, it is also extremely important to always cook oyster mushrooms!

Paul Stamets

This beautiful Earth that we have, this gift that the Universe has given us is precious beyond measure, precious beyond imagination, and we are part of it and we must treat it with Love, respect, and reverence.

Graham Hancock

Agarikon contains antiviral molecules new to science. Researchers for pharmaceutical companies may have missed its potent antiviral properties. Our analyses show that the mycelial cultures of this mushroom are most active but that the fruitbodies, the natural form of the mushroom, are not.
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Paul Stamets

The ninos santos (Psilocybe mexicana) heal. They lower fevers, cure colds, and give freedom from toothaches. They pull the evil spirits out of the body or free the spirit of the sick.

Maria Sabina

In the past, mushrooms were maligned as nutritionally poor. Since they are about 80 to 90 percent water when fresh, their net concentrations of nutrients can be underestimated. Like grains, however, mushrooms should be weighed when dry to get their correct nutrient value.

Paul Stamets

It's very, very dangerous to lose contact with living nature.

Albert Hoffman

The sudden appearance of mushrooms after a summer rain is one of the more impressive spectacles of the plant world.

John Tyler Bonner

I believe that mycelium is the neurological network of nature. Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with information-sharing membranes. These membranes are aware, react to change, and collectively have the long-term health of the host environment in mind. The mycelium stays in constant molecular communication with its environment, devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges.

Paul Stamets

Ergot, growing millennia later on certain cultivated grains, seems to have coincided in its arrival on the human stage with the discovery by Man of agriculture.

Gordon Wasson Persephone's Quest: Entheogens And The Origins Of Religion

Consuming mushrooms regularly has been associated with decreased risk of breast, stomach and colorectal cancers.

Joel Fuhrman

Go to the meadows, go to the garden, go to the woods. Open your eyes!

Albert Hoffman

Throughout Siberia, indeed Asia, wherever grow the trees that serve as hosts to A. muscaria, - the birch, the pine, the cedar, the larch, others - that tree is revered as giving birth to the Marvelous Herb. The entheogen at the foot of the tree is the explanation of the reverence paid to the tree by the natives round about. How has the world overlooked for so long a time this key to the mystery of the Tree of Life?

Gordon Wasson Persephone's Quest: Entheogens And The Origins Of Religion

Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system.

Rupert Sheldrake

Mushrooms provide a vast array of potential medicinal compounds. Many mushrooms - such as portobello, oyster, reishi and maitake - are well-known for these properties, but the lion's mane mushroom, in particular, has drawn the attention of researchers for its notable nerve-regenerative properties.

Paul Stamets

When we look within ourselves with psilocybin, we discover that we do not have to look outward toward the futile promise of life that circles distant stars in order to still our cosmic loneliness. We should look within; the paths of the heart lead to nearby universes full of life and affection for humanity.

Terence McKenna

Our ancestors went to the woods to find fuel; they set snares there for birds and gathered nuts and fungi.

John Burnside

I'm a mushroom freak. I make a mushroom soup where I use maybe six or seven varieties, not just portobello and shiitake, but dried porcini and morels.

Itzhak Perlman

We don't have to look far for miracles because they're all around us. Everything is astonishing. The universe on it's surface is alive with mystery.

Terence McKenna

The little mushroom comes of itself, no one knows whence, like the wind that comes we know not whence nor why.

Victor Hernandez Mazatec Informant

Mushrooms have many helpful nutrients, including beta glucans for immune enhancement, ergothioneines for antioxidative potentiation, nerve growth stimulators for helping brain function, and antimicrobial compounds for limiting viruses.

Paul Stamets

When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist.

Albert Hoffman LSD: The Geek's Wonder Drug? in WIRED magazine January 2006

Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration.

Paul Stamets

Think for yourself, and believe in yourself. Keep your skeptical antennae tuned in and in good working order at all times. We are free to develop our own hypotheses, which should be based in available evidence. When it comes to faith, have faith in yourself. And don't forget to love, laugh, be kind to each other. Don't take things so seriously, especially yourself. If the universe is a cosmic joke, remember to giggle. And remember to be astonished.

Dennis McKenna

Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms in the genus Pleurotus stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health. These mushrooms enjoy a terrific reputation as the easiest to cultivate, richly nutritious and medicinally supportive.

Paul Stamets

Mycologists are few and far between. We are under-funded, poorly represented in the context of other sciences - ironic, as the very foundation of our ecosystems are directly dependent upon fungi, which ultimately create the foundation of soils.

Paul Stamets

Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as 'the dancing mushroom.' According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate.

Paul Stamets

Chaga is one of the weirdest mushrooms you may ever see. A fungal parasite found on birch trees, Chaga is a hardened, blackened, crusty formation that looks like a bursting tumor.

Paul Stamets

Chaga has never been tested for safety or efficacy in humans. It has been tested in animals and in human cells in test tubes, and the results are promising, but a lot of chemicals that are promising in animals and human cells in test tubes are not effective if taken orally by real humans.

Alan Rockefeller

From dead plant matter to nematodes to bacteria, never underestimate the cleverness of mushrooms to find new food!

Paul Stamets

Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.

Thomas Carlyle

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.

Paul Stamets