Paul Stamets is such an imaginative and intellectual individual, this book was simply fascinating. It will cover a variety of topics and fungal species. This information in this book shows the power of our fungal allies and how we can use them to effectively help this planet. I highly recommend this book to anyone who really likes to learn the complexity of our planet!
Mycelium Running is one of a kind, whether you're casually interested or currently studying, I think you will get something from this book. It's important to note however that Stamets' writing style often includes personal observations, thoughts and ideas that may not always be scientifically proven. These ideas and thoughts are what make this book what it is though, he does an amazing job at getting the reader to think. The science of this book however shouldn't be understated, there is a lot of scientific substance along with his personal analysis.
I'd describe this book as being just as much about ecology as it is about fungi, parts I and II offer very valuable information about fungal diversity and their importance and interconnection to life. Part III goes briefly into the medicinal and nutritional importance of the mushrooms. As well as going briefly into mushroom cultivation and many specific mushroom species. This book is a great starting point for learning about fungi as it gives introductory insight to so many different roles fungi play. I think even if you're well knowledgeable on mushrooms and the fungal kingdom, you will still get a lot from this book's unique worldview perspective. It's a worth the read.
A fascinating incredibly informed and superbly written overview of the poorly known power of mycelia, the true organisms that mushrooms as we know them are merely the reproductive organs of. Very comprehensive and enlightening to those who are merely curious about an unpopular segment of nature (here I mean not as commonly popular as big game or trophy fish, let alone birds, bees and butterflies) as well as those who have a serious interest in the usefulness of fungi (e.g, medicinal uses, production for the market of edibles, detoxification of contaminanated soils, augmentation of forest productivity).
Paul Stamets has produced a work that is an engaging read and is packed with useful information. Whether the reader seeks to grow fungi for food, for medicine or to promote a healthy environment this book provides the information required in substantial depth. I highly recommend Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World to anyone who has an interest in personal health or ecological health.
This book should be an Earth science text book standard for all schools. This book could literally help save the planet from human mistake. A must read for anyone wanting to understand the fundamental importance of how our planet would look like Mars without mushrooms.