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Mushrooms, Molds, and Miracles The strange realm of Fungi
Mushrooms Molds and Miracles The strange realm of Fungi Author:Lucy Kavaler The visionary in a drug-induced dream, the pregnant girl tempted by ergot, the weary businessman sipping a martini, the truffle-hunting pig, the Irish peasant in the Great Hunger, the New Englander fighting Dutch Elm disease, the pioneer packing his sour-dough - have they anything in common? The Eskimo scraping lichen for food, the debutante we... more »aring an orchid corsage, the stone mason patching the Parthenon, the astronaut searching for life on Mars - surely these have no relation to each other?
Yes yo these wildly assorted situations there is in fact a common denominator. In every one, a fungus is involved.
Yeasts, molds, mushrooms, mildews, and other fungi pervade our world. They work great good and terrible evil. Upon them, indeed, hang the balance of life; for without their presence in the cycle of decay and regeneration, neither man nor any other living thing could survive. Yet they are little known and usually misunderstood, The reader of this volume will complete this journey through the strange kingdom of the fungus sobered, enlightened, and excited.« less