This book is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That's right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groudbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you'll find out how. The basic science goes something like this: Microscopic cells called "myecilium"- the fruit of which are mushrooms- recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of new rich soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize of myecilium's digestive power and target it to decomponse toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and mycogardening). In this comprehensive guide, you'll find chapters detailing each of thesee four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined "mycorestoration," as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come. Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti, has been a dedicated mycologist for more than thirty years. he is the 1998 recipient of the Collective Heritage Institute's Bioneers Award and the 1999 recipient of the Founder of a New Northwest Award from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. Stamets has written five books on mushroom cultivation, use, and identification and numerous articles and scholarly papers on medicinal, culinary, and psychoactive mushrooms. His books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (co-author) have long been hailed as they definitive tets on mushroom cultivation.