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5 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Spore Spotlight: Wine-Cap Stropharia
The mushroom for this episode of the Spore Spotlight is commonly known in the West as the Wine-Cap Storpharia. The Japanese call it Sakesubatake, which likely means ‘Salmon Mushroom’ or Salmon Bamboo Mushroom due to its coloration. Here in America we also call it the King Stropharia and it is edible and widely cultivated as a food source.Spore is brought to you in part by our generous and good-looking patrons and by Out-Grow, purveyors of fine mushroom cultivation supplies the world over.
23 minutes | Aug 17, 2019
Plains of Plants
For Episode Three of Spore we launch from the second term in Alfonso D'Aquino's poem, 'Spore,' found in the collection 'Fungus Skull Eye Wing.' The term is 'plains of plants,' which when deconstructed becomes recursive, folding in on itself.In this episode we explore the mycolore of indigenous California tribes both contemporary and historical, we are introduced to the original colonizer of Pangea, the proto-mushroom tortotubus, and Anna Tsing's concept of plantation and its implications on wider cultural narratives.ReferencesAnderson M K and Lake F K (2013) California Indian ethnomycology and associated forest management. Journal of Ethnobiology (33,1) pp 33-85Smith M (206) Cord-forming Palaeozoic fungi in terrestrial assemblages. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (180) pp 452-460.Tsing A L (2012) Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species - for Donna Haraway. Environmental Humanities (1) pp 141-154Tsing, A L (2017). Mushroom at the end of the world: On the possibility of life in capitalist ruins. Princeton University Press.
7 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
Spore Spotlight: Royal Sun Agaricus
Welcome to Episode Two! In between our long form episodes we will post a 'Spore Spotlight,' a much lighter and shorter episode that focuses directly on the history and cultivation of a specific mushroom.Episode Two is on the Royal Sun Agaricus, otherwise known as Himematsuke or Agaricus blazei Murril.ReferencesDias E S, Abe C and Schwan R F (2004) Truths and myths about the mushroom Agaricus blazei. Scientia Agricola (61, 5). pp 545 - 549Firenzuoli F, Gori L and Lombardo G (2008) The medicinal mushroom Agaricus blaze Murrill: Review of Literature and Pharmacy-Toxicological Problems. eCAM (5, 1) pp 3 - 15.Gonzalez Matute R, Figlas D and Curvetto N (2011) Agarics blaze production on non-composted substrates based on sunflower seed hulls and spent oyster mushroom substrate. World Journal of Microbiological Biotechnology. (27) pp 1331-1339.Jatuwong K, Kakumyan P, Chamyuang S, Chukeatirote E and Hyde K D (2014) Optimization condition for cultivation of Agaricus subrufescens hybrid strains. The 26th Annual Meeting of the Thai Society for Biotechnology and International Conference. pp 244-252Wang H, Fu Z and Han C (2013) The medicinal values of culinary-medicinal royal sun mushroom (Agaricus blaze Murrill). Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine pp 1-6
13 minutes | Jul 20, 2019
The inspiration for this podcast comes from the poetry of Alfonso D’Aquino, in particular the poem entitled ‘Spores’ in his work, 'fungus skull eye wing,' as translated from the Spanish by Forrest Gander. In Spores, D’Aquino offers us sixty terms, cast evenly across the page. The terms are rich, fertile, in of themselves. When I read the poem I imagined each term being ejected from its mother fungus and lit out upon the wind to seek a habitat that would allow it to build its own net and eventually fruit — reaching for the sky briefly, releasing its own set of fertile terms, and then disintegrating back into the earth.Our first term is Interminable Verdancy. Interminable is from 14th c. Old French and Late Latin, holding the original meaning of ‘endless.’ Verdancy is from 16th century Middle French and has the meaning of ‘becoming green,’ Thus Interminable Verdancy is the endless process of becoming green. Spore is brought to you by our generous and good-looking patrons and also, in part, by Out-Grow, purveyors of fine mushroom substrates and cultivation supplies. Out-Grow is a small company positioned in the glacial hills in the corner of Northwestern Illinois. Out-Grow takes pride in their rural roots and delight in bringing Midwestern integrity and high quality products to the entire world from their little spot in the country. Above all, the highest quality products and customer service is our goal.Out-Grow is dedicated to furthering the scope and reach of the wider community of amateur and professional mushroomers by offering the widest selection of cultivation supplies possible. Mushrooms heal both the individual and the environment. Out-Grow will always strive to improve on and innovate new products with this in mind.ReferencesDelmonico S (2018) A fungus with flavor: A go-to source of nutrition, mushrooms are small powerhouses of flavor, variety and health benefits. Nutrition: The Science of Nourishment. pp 67-71Ellen R (2008) Ethnomycology among the Nuaulu of the Moluccas: Putting Berlin’s ‘General Principles’ of ethnobiological classification to the test. Economic Botany (63, 2) pp 483-496.McCoy, P. (2016). Radical mycology: A treatise on seeing et working with fungi. Chthaeus Press. Portland, OR.Tsing A (2012) Arts of Inclusion, or, How to Love a Mushroom. Australian Humanities Review (50) pp 5-21Waktola G and Temesgen T (2018) Application of mushroom as food and medicine. Advanced Biotechnology and Microbiology. (11,4) pp 1-5Zheng (2016) After November Rain. Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies. pp 95
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