Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, believes that fungi are the solutions to many problems facing the modern world. Though Stamets may seem eccentric in his love of mushrooms, his passion is real and his research finds important results. He tested different mushrooms to find the best strain for absorbing spilled oil, reducing harmful bacteria in water sources, exterminating invasive insects, and many more environmentally beneficial areas. Mushrooms are also able to filter heavy metal toxins from the earth and have been implemented in contaminated areas.
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