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A podcast devoted to the wonderful world of fungi. Our eclectic show covers fungi in health & wellness, technology, science, culture and more. Welcome to the Mushroom Revival.

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Spalting Fungi, Pigment Ecology & Wood Anatomy - Dr. Seri Robinson

Today’s show is all about spalting fungi and its unique mycology. This time, we are joined by THE expert, Dr. Seri Robinson, who has been studying the phenomena for over a decade. Aside from spalting’s unique mycology, we discuss the auspicious applications of these fungi and their metabolites. 

Seri is an artist and Professor of wood anatomy at Oregon State University. They were introduced to spalted woods through wood working, quickly discovering the lack of information about the phenomena, and therefore pioneering a new subfield of science.

Topics Covered:

  • A look into Dr. Seri Robinson’s life as an artist and scientist, and their unconventional path to studying spalted woods
  • The history and urban legends of spalted wood
  • Defining spalted wood and spalting fungi
  • Specific environmental conditions for spalting fungi
  • How to spalt wood in the lab
  • Ecology of fungal pigments
  • Function of fungal pigments, especially fungal melanin
  • Decay stages of fungi and how that affects wood spalting
  • How to extract the spalting pigment
  • Chlorociboria’s pigments and it’s impressive applications
  • Wood anatomy and how fungi are influenced by their substrates 

Show notes:

Sep 21, 2021
Infectious Fungi - Dr. Neil Gow

We are joined by Mycologist Neil Gow who has formal training in mycology, especially in relation to infectious fungi. On today's show, we look at fungi through the lens of pathogenic interactions with humans. Which fungi are most likely to cause a human zombie apocalypse? What happens when you inject psilocybin tea into your veins? 

Although his research is on combating fungal infections, Neil is a big time mycophile with jaw dropping information on this impressive kingdom of life. 

Topics covered:

  • Common fungal infections in humans 
  • The status of research and understanding of pathogenic fungi, esp with humans
  • Why are fungal infections so hard to treat?
  • What are the mechanisms of fungal infection in humans?
  • Mucormycosis or the "black fungus" outbreaks 
  • The pervasiveness of candida
  • Evolution of drug resistant fungi 
  • Case Study: Intravenous Injection of Psilocybin
  • The morbid question: which fungal species are most likely to cause zombie humans?
  • Forensic mycology and microbiology
  • Prevalence of fungal products
  • The mycobiome and mutualism between human and fungal species

Show notes:

What is this field of Mycology?:

Neil Gow's Publications:

The Genus Plague:

A “Trip” to the ICU: An Intravenous Injection of Psilocybin:


WHO Data on Fungal Infections:

Sep 14, 2021
Mycoprotein: A Sustainable Future Food

A lot is to blame for the climate crisis, one of the most dire being our excessive meat consumption. A possible solution? Fungi. 

For animal agriculture to keep up with the demand, we are compensating for safety, animal welfare, and sustainable practices that are emitting methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. Even deforestation is an impact of global demand for meat and other animal products.

Thankfully with education and/or commercialization of new fungi and plant based products, we have a real shot at satiating the population’s “meattooth”. Mushrooms are already a trusty meat alternative, and now with biotechnology we can partner with fungi in innovative ways. We are joined by Paul Shapiro, the CEO of The Better Meat Co., where his team is partnering with a neurospora species to quickly ferment a mycoprotein they call Rhiza, which contains more protein than eggs, more iron beef, more fiber than oatmeal, and even contains b12. 

Topics Covered:

  • Meeting the global demand for meat — at what cost?
  • Practical alternatives to animal products, especially meats
  • Paul’s recent book on cellular agriculture, or lab-grown meat
  • The future of our protein source and how our current practices will be remembered
  • How to brew mycoprotein
  • Fermentation science and nutritional value of mycoproteins, specifically Rhiza
  • The ease, and the challenges, of scaling a mycoprotein

Show Notes:

The Better Meat Co. :

Paul Shapiro Website:

Paul Shapiro’s Talks:

Clean Meat Book:

Sep 07, 2021
Michael Beug: A Legendary Mycology Professor

Today we are joined by Micahel Beug, a legendary professor and scientist from Evergreen State College. Micheal mentored a handful of the today’s great mycologists such as Paul Stamets, Jonathan Ott and Jeremy Bigwood. With a PhD in organic chemistry and a love for mushrooms, Michael’s expertise was and continues to be instrumental for the growth of mycology as a whole. After just publishing a field guide “Mushrooms of Cascadia: An Illustrated Key”, we are blessed to have this opportunity to talk with Michael. Tune in for some insider info on culture and science of mycology in the western world.

Topics Covered:

  • Stories from the mushroom toxicology call list
  • The development of mycology education at Evergreen State College
  • Michael Beugs recent publication “Mushrooms of Cascadia: An Illustrated Key”
  • Early mycological culture with a renown crew including Paul Stamets, Jeremy Bigwood, Jonathan Ott
  • Researching psychotropic fungi at Evergreen: methods, chemistry, bureaucratic, and more
  • Professor Beug’s specialty in  biochemistry and enzyme kinetics, and how that supported the mycology research at Evergreen
  • Michael’s work on studying the ecological impacts of DDT, effectively ending the use of DDT in North America!
  • Basics of fungal metabolism
  • The national effort to define the mycoflora of North America

Show Notes:

Aug 31, 2021
Psilocybin & Weight Loss

All bodies are beautiful. All healthy lifestyle changes are beautiful. And for those who choose to pursue a goal of losing weight for the right reasons, there is a new ingredient showing promising results — psilocybin. 

While known for mental and spiritual support, psilocybin’s benefit can transcend into the physical realm by way of mental health, as well as biophysically. We discuss the mental reframe that can support a weight loss regime and how psilocybin itself has appetite suppressant properties.

We are joined by Trevor Miller who is on the board of directors for MAPS (Multidisciplinary association for psychedelic studies) and has been advocating for psychedelic therapies for years. Trevor is now on the advisory board for NeonMind Biosciences, a Canadian company who is involved in some cutting edge research on the topic of psilocybin and weight loss, and the belief that lives change when minds change. 

Topics Covered:

  • The origin story of NeonMind Biosciences and their novel approaches in psilocybin therapy
  • Psychedelic use among people in the industry
  • Psilocybin’s evolutionary ecology
  • Psilocybin as an appetite suppressant
  • Psilocybin as a pattern interruptor especially with dietary habits
  • The importance of acknowledging toxic stigmas around weight and reminding ourselves it is not bad or wrong

Show Notes:

Neon Mind Website:

Canadian Psychedelic Association:


Aug 25, 2021
Spalted Wood

Spalted wood is beautiful. It’s a form of rotting, and it’s caused by fungi. Spalting comes in many forms: patterns, colors, textures. Until this century, the biology of spalting wasn’t well understood, and even less so any methods to produce it in a laboratory setting. We are once again joined by Javier Ribera, a wood materials scientist and mycologist from EMPA to discuss new research on spalted wood. The team at EMPA has built off of existing literature on the biology of spalting which has allowed them to artificially produce spalted wood, potentially opening a market for designer wood rot.

Topics Covered:

  • History of spalted wood use in the United States
  • Three kinds of spalting: zone lines, pigmentation and white rot
  • Mel & Mark Lindquist’s legacy of spalted wood in woodcraft
  • DIY spalting methods: the possibilities and limitations
  • The mycology of zone line spalting: what species are involved? What does wood anatomy have to do with it?
  • How researchers at EMPA are commercializing spalted woods
  • How you can spalt your own wood at home!

Show Notes:

EMPA’s Fungal Biotech:

Spalted Wood The Movie:

Zone Line Spalting from Science to Application:

GIY Spalted Wood Methods:

Wood Spalting Starter Pack:

More spalting species (members only):

Compatible woods + examples:

Dr. Sara (Seri) Robinson book on Spalted Wood:

Aug 17, 2021
Mycowood: A New Era for Instruments

Hear that...? Fungal violins have entered the music scene. This technology, known as Mycowood, uses fungi to partially degrade wood used to make violins; and it results in superior acoustics. We are joined by the scientist behind these innovative fungal projects, Dr. Javier Ribera, who is a materials scientist at EMPA with specialties in cellulose and wood materials. Javier walks us through the creation of Mycowood technology, and how this unique application could evolve in further wood-based design.

Topics Covered:

  • The inspiration for creating Mycowood
  • How climate change is physically altering our lumber supply
  • The history, theory, and materials science of the famous Stradivarius Violin
  • Wood as a material for resonance, and how fungi can be used to engineer the acoustics
  • The three fungi tested by EMPA for Mycowood including Schizophyllum commune, Physisporinus vitreus, and Xylaria spp.
  • Processes of creating Mycowood
  • The current availability of Mycowood technologies

Show notes:

Dr. Javier Riberia’s Research Gate:

Interview with Francis Schwarze:

EMPA Website:

Violino ai funghi (Fungal Violin):

EMPA Report on Mycowood for Violins:

BIotech Stradivari:

Mycowood Violins in the NY Times:

Aug 11, 2021
The Soil Food Web

Modern farming practices are destroying vital soil ecologies, and our patch work solutions aren’t making things any better. Today we are joined by Dr. Elaine Ingham, a leading soil ecologist who has established the Soil Food Web School, a platform that teaches people how to optimize their growing operation and advocates the return to greener practices. 

We discuss how we can repair the land using simple, natural, systems, and how in doing so we heal the planet by increasing carbon sequestration, depolluting water supply systems, catalyzing environmental justice and so much more.

Topics covered:

  • Soil health before human influence
  • Practical ways we can rebuild microbial populations for healthier soil
  • Specialized relationships between soil fungi and plants
  • Successions of ecosystem health from the soil to mature plants
  • The adversaries of inorganic fertilizers 
  • Analyzing ratios of the fungal and bacterial needs to grow healthy plants
  • Cultivating and sourcing biocomplete compost
  • Industrial level compost production and soil remediation
  • Carbon sequestration in soil health

Show notes:

Soil Food Web website:

Dr. Ingham’s published work on soil ecology:

Aug 04, 2021
The Psilocybin Industry: A Conversation with Ron Shore

Where is psilocybin headed? Recent societal vindication of psilocybin and other psychedelic therapies are paving a prominent future for these substances, especially in psychiatric therapy. But how do we navigate this resurgence for the better? What conversations should be had, what questions should be asked, and who should we trust?

These are big questions that will evolve with the industry. Today we welcome Ron Shore, who has spent years studying clinical applications for psychedelic therapy and collecting related data to initiate conversations around these important elements. Ron is a PhD candidate at Queens University who has spent years in the public health world. Ron offers a needed perspective on the growing economy of psilocybin and other entheogens. 

Topics Covered:

  • Combining neuroscientific and traditional ceremonial settings for psychedelic healing spaces
  • Revisiting psychedelic science with new understandings in neuroscience & psychiatry 
  • The importance of maintaining and respecting all cultural elements without cultural appropriation
  • The economy of psilocybin — what is it like now? How will it progress and what should we be aware of as the industry grows to ensure we uphold cultural and economic equality?
  • Attempts to patent natural psychedelic substances such as ayahuasca 
  • Behind the scenes of psychedelic clinical trials and how we can improve by being more inclusive
  • Obtaining funding for psychedelic research
  • Steps that industry leaders and influencers can take to be in their highest integrity while doing this work
  • Resources and thoughts on educating ourselves on the psychedelic history
  • Psilocybin and associated alkaloids of psilocybe mushrooms 
  • The current state of scientific literature on synthetic or ‘pure’ psilocybin compared to the natural biomass of psilocybe mushrooms
  • Animal studies with psilocybin
  • How psychedelics influence your brain physiologically 
  • How consciousness is a ‘fruiting body’, and therefore, a mushroom ;)

Show Notes:

Jul 27, 2021
What Fungi Reveal About Multicellular Life

How did multicellular life evolve? We don’t know! However, fungi are helping us develop ideas about the emergence of complex life. Today we are joined by Dr. William Ratcliff, who has successfully induced naturally unicellular yeast to evolve into multicellular ‘snowflake yeasts’ in his lab at Georgia Tech. Prepare for a delightful interview featuring evolutionary history, biotechnology, semantics, philosophy, and life itself.

Dr. William Ratcliff has his Ph.D. in Ecology evolution and Behavior and runs the Ratcliff lab at Georgia Tech and is the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences.

Topics covered:

  • The difference between multicellular life and single cellular life
  • What is an organism?
  • Evolutionary trends and novelties in multicellular life
  • Catalyzing multicellular life in vitro 
  • Why yeast— specifically saccharomyces cerevisiae — are so widely used in genomics research and biotechnology
  • The Ratcliff Lab’s development of multicellular yeasts dubbed ‘snowflake yeast’
  • Mechanistic basics of multicellular yeasts, particularly entanglement
  • Prototaxites and its characteristics of entanglements 
  • Cellular differentiation and cellular suicide in evolving snowflake yeasts 
  • Reversing multicellular evolution  
  • Cyanobacteria, Bangiomorpha pubescens and other early forms of multicellular life 
  • Ways that multicellularity can be expressed
    • Myxococcus xanthus
    • Acellular slime molds
  • How to grow snowflake yeast at home!

Show notes:

The Ratcliff Lab:

Grow your own multicellular yeast:

The Biophysics if nascent multicellularity:

William Ratcliff’s Publications:

Snowflake Yeast Microscopy Photos:

Jul 21, 2021
Mushroom Chocolate

Love chocolate? You have fungi to thank for that! On today's show we are walking you through the complex journey between the cocoa bean and a chocolate bar.  The unmatchable decadence is achieved by unique fermentation methods and microbes. Yeast, filamentous fungi, and bacteria are all at play and today we have a chocolate scientist and PhD candidate, Caitlin Clark, who has dedicated her research to chocolate fermentation.

Topics Covered

  • Lactic acid fermentation versus chocolates specialty microbes
  • The complex and ethical journey of chocolate making
  • Alkalizing chocolate
  • Polyphenol content in a variety of chocolate products
  • Psychoactive properties in chocolate’s constituents such methylxanthine and theobromine 
  • How fermentation alters potency of these constituents 
  • Mycorrhizal, endophytic, and pathogenic fungi involved in the cacao trees 
  • Other fungal relationships such as endophytes and mycorrhizal species 
  • Microbiome of fermentation in cocoa including yeasts, filamentous geotrichum, bacillus bacteria and more
  • Wild ferments, aseptic ferments and experiments with starter cultures
  • Chemical and mechanical ways that fungi transform the stock
  • What determines a ‘good’ microbial presence versus a ‘bad’ one in the chocolate making process
  • How cocoa byproducts are made
  • Bloom in chocolate
  • How to shop for the best quality chocolate

Show Notes

Jul 13, 2021
Kew's Fungarium: The World's Largest Collection of Fungi

Over one million specimens of fungi share a space known as the Fungarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is the largest collection of dried fungi in the world with specimens as old as the 1700s.

Today we welcome lead mycologist Tuula Niskanen, and Fungarium curator Lee Davies to spotlight this important collection. We discuss when, where, why, and how fungi from all over the world are collected, studied and preserved. 

Topics Covered:

  • How the Kew Fungarium is curated and maintained 
  • The value and importance of saving physical specimens
  • Shelf life and preservation methods of fungi in the form of spores, mycelium and fruiting bodies
  • Specimen highlights
  • The Kew Gardens State of the World’s Fungi Report
  • How citizen science can help and benefit from Kew   

Show notes:

Access the Fungarium:

IMI database:

Beyond the Gardens short virtual tour:

State of The World’s Fungi:

Ophiocordyceps taylorii photo:

Hongos de Patagonia: 

Jul 07, 2021
Mycoviruses: Fungi Can Get Sick, Too

Today’s show covers a field known as mycovirology, or the study of viruses that infect fungi. This esoteric science is nascent but profound in its applications, and we are welcoming one of the few people in the world who are studying these relationships. Why do mycoviruses matter? How can we work with and against them? How can this subfield influence mycology as a whole?

We welcome Dr. Brenda Wingfield from the university of Pretoria in South Africa. Brenda holds her degree in fungal genomics and has published over 300 respective articles. Her work has expanded the mycological fields of taxonomy, phylogeny, ecology and tree pathology. 

Topics Covered:

  • Defining mycovirology 
  • What makes fungal viruses unique from others
  • Stuck fermentation caused by killer yeasts
  • Asymptomatic vs symptomatic viruses
  • Mechanisms of viral infection in fungi
  • Using mycoviruses to combat Chestnut Blight
  • Viruses transferring from plants to fungi
  • Armillaria viruses
  • Genetic engineering with viruses
  • What we know about the fungal immune system
  • The detriment of La France disease in Agaricus bisporus farms 
  • 1000 Fungal Genome Project 

Show notes:

Dr. Brenda Wingfield's publications:

Five Questions about Mycoviruses:

Mycoviruses educational video:

Killer Yeasts in Wine:

Secrets of Fungal Viruses:

Jun 29, 2021
Mydecine: Psilocybin Sciences

Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Josh Bartch, the CEO of Mydecine, a research & development company with a special interest in psilocybin and psychoactive treatments. We discuss the origins of their work, their team, and current research and practices in the field.

Topics covered:

  • Mydecine's mission and commitment to human benefit via fungal discovery
  • Psilocybin treatment for PTSD and other mental health concerns
  • Machine-learning based drug discovery
  • Formulation and commercialization of psychedelic therapeutics 
  • The deficiencies in chemical compounds in psilocybe mushrooms
  • Varietals of psilocybin-containing mushrooms 
  • Collaborative and intern opportunities at Mydecine’s facilities
  • Describing new compounds in functional mushrooms
  • Bureaucracy of importing and researching psychedelic mushrooms 
  • Bioavailability of psilocybin 
  • Managing ethical clinical research

Show notes:

Jun 23, 2021
Mycopesticides for Malaria Mosquitoes

Zombie fungi aren't just cool — they're extremely useful.

Dr. Brian Lovett is back on the show to discuss the powers of entomopathogenic fungi. We get into the weeds of what makes these fungi equip for success as carnivores, transgenic engineering, the evolution of pathology and more. Brian also shares cutting edge research from the MosquitoSphere in Burkina Faso, where he and his team work to combat malaria using Metarhizium fungi.

Topics Covered:

  • Defining entomopathogenic fungi
  • Chemical signaling and mechanisms of infection
  • Circadian rhythms in fungi, and how entomopathogenic fungi time keep in their hosts
  • Mycopesticides, especially to fight Malaria in mosquitoes 
  • Transgenic engineering of fungi with spider venom genes to target insects 
  • Metarhizium as a platform fungi for board and narrow range target specific 
  • Current practices, successes and challenges in the fight against malaria
  • Ethics of developing and deploying biotechnology in international local communities 
  • Synergies between bio and chemical insecticides
  • Unique chemical  compositions of entomopathogenic fungi

Show notes:

Jun 19, 2021
LSD & Psychedelic Chemistry

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is one of fungi’s most well known chemical analogues. Today we bring you a leading scientist, Dr. David Nichols who speaks to the history, chemistry, legality and so much more of this notable compound. 

 Topics covered:

  • David Nichol’s career pursuing psychedelic pharmacology
  • Patent litigation, especially with psychedelic constituents 
  • Lab testing for new psychedelic analogues in rats
  • Bureaucracy of working with Schedule I substances
  • How to synthesize LSD
  • LSD’s physical characteristics, structure and fluorescence
  • What happens to the LSD molecule when you adjust minute aspects, and what that tells us about itself
  • Structural similarities and differences in an array of psychedelic molecules / chemical ‘templates’ for psychoactive compounds
  • Neuro-mechanics of LSD and other entheogenic compounds
  • Evolution and function of serotonin receptors
  • HPPD: Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder
  • Trepanation: how does it affect neurochemistry, if at all?
  • NBOMes (N-benzyl methoxy): What is it and how does it work?
  • Metabolizing LSD and related compounds
  • Chirality in psychedelics, especially LSD
  • Listener questions

Show notes:

Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia feat. Dr. Nichols:

Hallucinogens (2004) :

DEA 222 -

Mapping the Mind Talk:

MAPS Talk:

Telluride Keynote presentation:

Leo Perutz & the Mystery of St Peter’s Snow:

Trepanation articles & video:;_1970)

Downloadable literature:

Jun 09, 2021
Ergot: Psychedelic Fungal Pathogens

Ergot describes a group of fungi with powerful alkaloids. So powerful, that they have impact in history, medicine, and possibly religion. It's famous for the morbid poisoning in humans, for catalyzing the synthesis of LSD,  and its potential role in ancient ceremony. Today we are honored to speak with Dr. Daniel Panaccione, who is one of few ergot alkaloid specialists. Having studied their biosynthesis and genetics, he is a true expert on their chemical matters.

Dr. Panaccione is a professor of plant and soil sciences at West Virginia University where he works on genetic manipulation and chemical analyses to understand underlying genes of ergot alkaloids and reconstruct its pathways.

Topics Covered

  • Defining Ergot species & their respective metabolites
  • Life cycle of Claviceps purpurea and it's ecological roles
  • How an ergot fungus may be behind the Salem Witch Trials and other historical events
  • Synthesis of ergot alkaloid-based drugs and medicines
  • Mechanisms of action with ergot alkaloids in the human body
  • DEA regulation on ergot alkaloids and like compounds
  • Evolution of ergot alkaloid producing fungi
  • Potential and unlikely organisms that contain ergot alkaloids
  • The inadvertent discovery of LSD
  • Pharmacology of ergot alkaloids: challenges, history, methods and R&D

Show notes

Dr. Panaccione's WVU profile:

Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia feat. Ergot and Dr. Panaccione:

Ergot Museum:

Linnda Caporael's report on the Salem Witch Trials:

Growing Ergot:

Life Cycle of Ergot:

Structure of Ergot Alkaloids:

Suggestive reports on Ergot in Sumerian Clay Tablets, Mesopotamian Temples, and Chinese literature:

The Immortality Key — How ergot may be involved in religious influence:

Ergot as an ingredient in the Kykeon:

Downloadable literature:

May 31, 2021
100th Episode Special

To celebrate our 100th episode, we kick off the show with a compilation of all the responses to our classic question "If mushrooms had the mic and could say one thing to the whole human race, what would they say?"

We also have some updates for you all, including a message of gratitude for making the podcast possible. Enjoy the condensed fungal wisdom and some candid conversation between your co-hosts Alex Dorr and Lera Niemackl.


Nathalie Kelley
Myron Smith
Omar Thomas
Sophia Roe
Ekaterina Dadachova
Te'Lario Watkins II
Robin Divine
Larry Evans
Cassie Ettinger
Matt Scullin
Lexie Gropper
Alexandra Elbakyan
Vanja Palmers
Thomas Hartle
Ryan Paul Gates
Alan Rockefeller
Jones Omage
Giuliana Furci
Matthew Meyer
Steve Axford
Tom Volk
Anna Sitkoff
Tradd Cotter
Barry McCleary
Mario Ceballos
Gunther Weil
Ian Hall
Merlin Sheldrake

For a clean compilation, visit

May 26, 2021
Psychedelic Symbiosis with Dennis McKenna

We are humbled to be speaking with psychedelic pioneer, Dennis McKenna. Dennis and his late brother Terrence are some of the most influential figures in western psychedelic culture. The brothers contributed to the introduction to psilocybin mushrooms in the United States, including but not limited to, cultivation techniques, ethnomycology, user guidance, and providing spores. Dennis was active in the psychedelic movement in the 60s and continues to shape the 21st century renaissance through education and organizations such as the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. Prepare for some serious wisdom and untold stories from the McKenna family. 

Topics Covered:

  • The McKenna’s trip to La Chorrera in search of psychedelic Virola sap called oo-koo-hey, and the inadvertent encounter of Psilocybe cubensis in cow pies
  • Psilocybin as an ideal oral form of DMT
  • Chemical composition of psychedelic mushrooms i.e beta-carboline content 
  • The McKenna family, from a small town in Colorado and the becoming of the most influential figures in western psychedelic use 
  • Psilocybin’s potential influence on hominid evolution including fossil records, ecological history, circumstantial evidence, epigenetics and more
  • Prohibition and regulation of psilocybin and other entheogens
  • Organismic birthrights to form a relationship with the natural world

Show notes:

Notable Quotes:

“Part of the message from nature is, [psilocybin] is the perfect psychedelic, you don’t really need to improve on it.”

“We were approaching this like engineers, we wanted to build a machine out of our own bodies that would enable us to visit other dimensions.”

“People should have a fundamental right to form symbiosis. And because we’re talking about alliances with non-human organisms, it's not even a human right, it's an organismic right.”

“When you choose to use a drug, you’re choosing a relationship.... call it a symbiotic relationship.”

May 18, 2021
Meet Bolt Threads: A Fungal Materials Company

A milestone for mycelium has emerged. Adidas has partnered with Bolt threads, a biomaterials company, to use mycelium in their Stan Smith Mylo Edition shoes.  Built with biology, crafted with humanity— Bolt Threads is pioneering the use of fungal materials into industrial commodities, and it's not something their team takes lightly. Today we are joined by the co-founder of Bolt Threads, Dr. David Breslauer, to discuss the philosophy and methodology behind their important contributions and innovative products.

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals in fungal biotech
  • Biomimicry in materials science
  • The company history and culture of Bolt Threads
  • Engineering yeast to make a spider silk-like protein
  • Silk as a base protein for innovative materials
  • Emergence of germ theory from silkworm factories
  • The industry of biomaterials: how do you scale a material or product to make a real difference?
  • Mycelium leather — its performance, sustainability, engineer-ability and aesthetics
  • Filamentous fungi in biotech and how it differs from yeasts

Show notes:

Stan Smith Mylo:
Bolt Threads:
Spider silk mechanics:
Germ theory:

May 12, 2021
Mushroom Cultivation in the US feat. Kyle Garrone of Far West Fungi

What does commercial mushroom farming look like in the United States? Today we welcome the production manager of Far West Fungi, Kyle Garrone, to share the history of commercial farming in the US. Far West Fungi has been in business for over 35 years, and the team has traveled far and wide to learn from mushroom farms around the globe. Kyle has designed systems for large scale cultivation in California for common culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitake, lion’s mane, woodear, pioppini, reishi and more. Tune in to learn about Far West Fungi’s history and technique, as well as advice for fellow farmers, or anyone interested in making a business out of mushroom cultivation.

Topics Covered:

  • Family history of Far West Fungi
  • Converting Agaricus bisporus farms into an straw-based automated mushroom farming
  • Mushroom farming methods from Asia, Europe and beyond
  • Market research for mushroom consumption in your area and beyond
  • Advice for mushroom farming businesses on where to start, what not to do, and how to scale
  • Where to buy automated cultivation equipment
  • Aging substrates to improve mycelial health

Show Notes:

May 04, 2021
Fungipedia: Mushroom Stories from Lawrence Millman

If you aren't convinced that fungi are omnipresent, bizarre, and mighty, you haven't read Fungipedia. Today we are featuring some of our favorite segments from this book and are joined by the author himself, Lawrence Millman. Lawrence has traveled far and wide on quests for information on the fungal kingdom. Sit back and enjoy some wow factor fun facts on fungi. 

Topics Covered:

  • Keratinophilic fungi - where they live and how they affect you
  • The Hair Ice Phenomenon from the fungus Exidiopsis effusa
  • Naturally occurring anti-freeze in various states of fungi
  • The mushroom culture in Greenland and other Arctic & Antarctic areas
  • Culturing mycelia from mummies
  • The Pharaoh's Curse - was it really fungi?
  • Finding the rare polypore Echinodontium ballouii, previously thought to be extinct
  • How a fungus helped the defeat of the South in the Civil War
  • The ban of Shiitake mushroom imports
  • Field mycology as a dwindling practice

Show Notes:

Apr 28, 2021
Rise of the Zombie Cicada

Billions of cicadas are due to emerge, and some of them will be infected with a truly peculiar fungus, Massospora cicadina. Referred to as Flying Salt Shakers of Death, these infected cicadas have a grim and bizarre future above ground. We are joined by the brilliant mycologist and entomologist, Dr. Brian Lovett, who talks us through the mechanisms behind this insidious fungus and why it’s worth studying.

Topics covered:

  • Periodical vs annual cicadas
  • Brood X life cycle
  • Massospora cicadina life cycle and its selected hosts
  • Active Host Transition methods in insect-eating fungi
  • Behavioral changes in infected hosts 
  • Chemical expression of the massospora fungus especially psilocybin & amphetamines
  • The significance of the 17-year cicada for researchers and why it's difficult to rear them in the lab

Show notes:

Brian Lovett’s website:
Cicada map:
How to Eat Cicadas:
Cicada Mania:
Cicadas peeing:
How to protect your trees from cicada damage:
Cicada Shell Art:
Cicada shells for biomaterials:

Further Reading:

Evolutionary relationship between Massospora cicadina and cicadas:

Apr 20, 2021
John Cage: A Mycological Foray

In today's show, we attempt to visit the mind of John Cage. A beloved artist and lesser known mycologist, John Cage created a variety of works with fungi as a central muse. Cage is famous for his musical compositions and performances, but today we are going spotlight his mycophilia and impact his devotion to mushrooms had on his creative and metaphysical senses.

We are joined by the two authors who compiled John Cage: A Mycological Foray , Pascale Georgiev and Kingston Trinder, to talk about Cage's related archives and works. Audio featuring  Mushrooms et Variationes  is courtesy of the ©John Cage Trust.

Topics Covered:

  • Archival works of the Atelier Éditions Publishing House
  • John Cage as a cult figure and influence in contemporary music, performance, and citizen science
  • The famous 4'33" 
  • Anechoic chambers & Cage's search for silence
  • Events that speak to Cage's mycological experitise
  • Cage's mesostics titled Mushrooms et Variationes
  • Cage's collection of notes titled Indeterminacy 

Show Notes:

John Cage: A Mycological Foray:
Kingston Trinder's Website:
Pascale Georgiev's Website:
Scent Artist Sissel Tolaas:

Further reading:

Apr 14, 2021
Demystifying the Fly Agaric 🍄

What makes the Fly Agaric the most iconic mushroom in the world? And why, despite its prominence, is it so poorly understood? Today on the show we are starting from the ground up to demystify the reputations of this mushroom with cultural anthropologist, Kevin Feeney, PhD. In his book "Fly Agaric: A Compendium of History, Pharmacology, Mythology, & Exploration" Kevin has elaborated on nearly every aspect of this mushroom, finally providing comprehensive literature on this species. We take these 450 pages and present bite-sized answers to all of your Fly Agaric questions.

Topics Covered:

  • Ecology, geography, and mycology of Amanita muscaria 
  • The etymology of The Fly Agaric
  • Prevalence in pop culture and pedestrian use amanita imagery 
  • Pharmacology, especially muscimol & ibotenic acid
  • Soma, and the parallels of this sacred drink and the Fly Agaric
  • Motifs and archeological evidence of amanita muscaria in ritual use
  • Gordon Wasson's influence on interpreting Soma, Viking Berserkers and more

Show notes:

Kevin's Book "Fly Agaric: A Compendium of History, Pharmacology, Mythology & Exploration" :
Sacred Plants of the Americas Conference:
Kevin's profile:
Amanita muscaria profile:
Gordon Wasson's Soma Report:

Apr 06, 2021
Psilocybin & Your Internal World — A Conversation with Johanna Warren

Today we welcome Johanna Warren — a fellow mycophile, musician and mystic. Johanna’s storytelling is tranquil & relatable. She shares her personal pursuit of wellbeing in both physical and mental realms, and how psilocybin was an imperative element. Beyond the journey to wellbeing, we discuss how psilocybin weaves into creativity and how Johanna’s life as an artist has been influenced by plants & mushrooms. Prepare to get philosophical, and enjoy the soothing presence and wisdom of the lovely Johanna Warren.

Topics Covered:

  • Johanna’s evolution & lifestyle as a performer
  • Personal stories of psilocybin’s role in depression, creativity, and pain
  • The inspiration and culture of Johanna's Plant Medicine Tour
  • The Human Condition, and how psychedelics can help us navigate
  • Lessons, jokes, and tokens from mushroom trips
  • The Duncan Trussell Family Hour — Johanna’s feature and serendipitous meeting

Show notes

Johanna’s latest work, Chaotic Good:

Johanna’s Website: (

Johanna’s Spotify:

Prisoner Song:

DTFH Feature:


Mar 30, 2021
Suing the DEA for Access to Psilocybin

A Doctor has filed a lawsuit against the DEA  for denying him permission to use psilocybin therapy in his palliative care. His team believes they are violating the humanitarian Right to Try for terminally ill patients. Today we invite Dr. Aggarwal, his patient Erinn Baldeschwiler and their lawyer, Kathryn Tucker J.D., to frame this unique and pivotal case against the DEA.

Topics Covered

  • Psilocybin psychotherapy for terminal patients 
  • Integrative approaches in palliative care, and why practitioners are reaching for psychedelics 
  • Ketamine psychotherapy
  • Legal stance on psilocybin in the United States as of March 2021
  • The Right To Try Act — what it means, who and what is eligible, and a brief history on it's impact
  • A history of lawsuits against the DEA, specifically cannabis

Show Notes

FDA's Right to Try Act:
Donate to the Nowak Society:
Emerge Law Group:
Cannabis' legal history:
Dr. Aggarwal's website:
AIMS Institute:

Mar 24, 2021
Sci-Hub: Freeing Science feat. Alexandra Elbakyan

Should knowledge be free? Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of Sci-Hub, believes it should be. In an industry already riddled with obstacles, Sci-Hub is an essential tool for researchers that provides free access to millions of scientific articles. The platform is simple — unlock and download  literature when these articles are otherwise blocked by paywalls, regardless of copyright. If it sounds like piracy to you, you'd be correct. However, just because something is illegal does not mean it is wrong. We are honored to welcome Alexandra onto the show to cover her important work.

Alexandra Elbakyan is a computer programmer from Kazakhstan. She created created Sci-Hub in 2011, a shadow library providing access to millions of scientific literature. She studied neuroscience, linguistics and computer programming in Moscow and has since dedicated her work to freeing science.

Topics covered:

  • The origin of Sci-Hub, and how scientific literature adopted the current system of paywalls and copyright
  • How the platform works and why it's to successful
  • The relevance of Sci-Hub to citizen science and the mycology community
  • Human rights, and the ethics of paying for knowledge
  • How Sci-Hub users can support the project
  • Open Access & Green Open Access

Show notes:

Alexandra's profile:
Open access:

Other articles:

Mar 16, 2021
Mushroom Musings with Sophia Roe

Today features a conversation with Sophia Roe. As a major mushroom lover and renowned chef, mushrooms are a central muse for Sophia in the kitchen and way, way beyond. We discuss how fungi offer valuable insight to philosophical and ecological narratives. We challenge stigmas around mushrooms & fungi, and our associations of ‘bad’ with natural phenomena. Some modern day problems don’t have to be a problem, and we talk about how fungi can be the skeleton key to solving or mitigating many. Sophia also shares how to cook the perfect mushrooms, and how not liking mushrooms is a false reality — all it takes is the right preparation and an open mind.


Sophia Roe is a celebrated chef, writer, and advocate who looks at the world of food, art, and wellness through a lens of diversity, inclusivity, and honesty. Her innate passion for food has always been connected to an understanding—from a young age—that some people have access to nutritious foods, while others simply do not. This duality is the foundation for Sophia’s work: celebrating the beauty and art in cooking while creating resources to advance food justice and build more sustainable, equitable systems. 

As a young chef, Sophia stood apart; she felt like nobody looked or spoke like she did, but with social media she built a community where she could share her recipes, her convictions, and her honest take on wellness. Her powerful storytelling has helped those around her understand that there isn’t “one way” to approach wellness. Sophia’s community leans on her for actionable advice and encouragement in an effort to live a more balanced and healthy life. In addition to sharing her recipes, she leads transformative workshops, classes, and retreats that offer a safe, open forum for storytelling, community, food, and healing. 

It is with this foundation that Sophia is producing and hosting a new show on VICE called “Counter Space.” Launching November 26, 2020, “Counter Space” combines her expertise in the kitchen with her work in food activism and education. The underlying theme in every episode is resilience, adaptability, and awareness, and “Counter Space” informs consumers about the food, habits, politics, and food systems that affect us all. 

Beyond her public platforms, Sophia dedicates much of her time to supporting and empowering young people with similar circumstances through her involvement with two philanthropic organizations: Women’s Prison Association and Edible Schoolyard NYC

Sophia resides in Brooklyn, NY and spends most of her free time writing and filming. She is currently penning her first book, which is slated to launch at the end of 2021.

Topics Covered:

  • Sophia’s love for mold, and how these ubiquitous and essential fungi catalyzed her dedication to the fungal queendom
  • Reframing waste as a viable material for fungal proliferation
  • Inspiring figures in the mushroom scene and how their work is changing the narrative
  • Sophia’s cooking show Counter Space, and the importance of mindful consumerism
  • The do’s and don’ts of cooking with mushrooms
  • Jelly fungi and what to love about them
  • The remarkable applications of fungi in each of our lives, and how it’s only just begun

Mar 10, 2021
Beatrix Potter Was A Mycologist

Famous for her beloved books and elegant illustration, notably Petter Rabbit, this 19th century artist was also a mycologist. Beatrix Potter's contributions to mycology were significant, having observed and documented phenomena that previously speculated or unknown. Despite the misogyny that kept her work from scientific recognition, Potter persevered in her research. Today’s show is a spotlight on Potter’s mycophilia. We are joined by Dale DeBakcsy who is a knowledgeable writer for Women You Should Know, with comprehensive knowledge on Potter’s life and love for fungi.

Dale DeBakcsy is the writer and artist of the Women In Science and Cartoon History of Humanism columns, and has, since 2007, co-written the webcomic Frederick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy with Geoffrey Schaeffer. He is also a regular contributor to The Freethinker, Philosophy Now, Free Inquiry, and Skeptical Inquirer. He studied intellectual history at Stanford and UC Berkeley before becoming a teacher of mathematics and drawer of historical frippery.

Topics Covered

  • A brief biography to Beatrix’s Potter’s life in 19th century England
  • How writers conduct research on deceased figures
  • The development of Potter’s affinity for mushrooms and how she did research with her limited resources
  • Women in science in the 19th and 20th century 
  • The unlikely lives of natural scientists in the late 19th century
  • Beatrix’s individual mycological discoveries including: observing lichen’s symbiotic nature, rendering scientifically accurate illustrations of mushrooms, the existence of mycelium underground, spore germination, mycoparasitism and the roles of fungi in ecosystem ecology

Show notes
Dale’s article:

Beatrix Potter’s Les Champignons:

Brain Pickings:

Women You Should Know:

Mar 02, 2021
The Humongous Fungus - Dr. Myron Smith

The biggest organism on Earth, by area, is a fungus. Specifically, it's Armillaria solidipes, aka the Honey Fungus. It’s edible, glows in the dark, is UV resistant, and is technically parasitic. Thriving in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, this tremendous individual covers approximately 3.7 sq miles, and could be over 8,000 years old. In today’s episode, we speak with an expert on this fungal genus to help us understand how this individual could be so successful. Prepare for some extraordinary biological factoids and possibly, to have a new favorite mushroom.

Dr. Myron Smith is a professor of biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Smith obtained a Bachelor’s degree, specializing in botany, followed by a masters and Ph.D in genetics within the Biotechnology Program at the University of Toronto. His research encompasses genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and general biology. This research spans questions of basic biological interest and has biotechnology applications in diverse areas that include health, agrifood, environment, and biofuels.

Topics Covered: 

  • Armillaria colonies and the conditions needed to grow to tremendous sizes
  • Ecosystem impact from these fungi, specifically in old growth forests 
  • Rhizomorphic structure, function and evolution in this genus
  • The impressive age of The Humongous Fungus, estimated to be up to 4,000 years
  • DNA and genome sequencing to identify field colonies of Armillaria spp.
  • Technologies for viewing subterranean fungi  
  • Melanized plate formation upon individual Armillaria spp. Encountering
  • Electroconductivity of fungi and Armillaria spp.

Show notes

Myron’s Website:


Articles mentioned:

Feb 23, 2021
Marine Fungi - Cassie Ettinger, PhD

Marine fungi exist. And we know almost nothing about them. These elusive water dwelling fungi offer valuable insight to evolution, phylogenetics, ecological health, drug discovery, remediation and more. We welcome one of the few researchers who are surveying these fungi to share her findings and usher other researchers into the mysterious, essential world of marine fungi. We discuss the nascency of the field, how research is currently being conducted, ideas for how to proceed, and why looking to the ocean for new fungal species is a worthy endeavor.

Cassie Ettinger is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology at the UC Riverside advised by Dr. Jason Stajich. She received a Ph.D. in Integrative Genetics and Genomics at UC Davis studying the seagrass microbiome and seagrass mycobiome. Cassie received her B. A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Genetics, Genomics and Development emphasis from UC Berkeley in the spring of 2013. While at UC Berkeley she participated in research in Dr. Ellen Simms’ lab on multiple projects involving rhizobia-legume symbiosis. Cassie’s current research interests include plant-microbe interactions, the co-evolution of microbes and their hosts, and marine fungi.

Topics Covered

  • Defining marine fungi, also known as aquatic fungi and water molds
  • Recognizing the infancy of marine mycology  
  • Evolution of fungi from water to land, and back
  • Surveying, sampling, and growing marine fungi in the lab
  • Genomics of marine fungi
  • Seagrass-associated fungi and seagrass microbiomes
  • Pigmented fungi
  • How citizen scientists can advance marine mycology
  • Chytridiomycota, oomycetes, aspergillus, slime molds, marine lichen

Show Notes

Cassie’s Website:
Jonathan Eisen’s Lab:
Instant Ocean:
JAMSTEC Specimen:
The Mantle Drilling and Observatory:
Freshwater Mushroom:
Cassie’s Twitter:

Feb 11, 2021
Smallhold's Farmtech & the Future of Fungi - Andrew Carter

Today’s guest is the co-founder of Smallhold, Andrew Carter. Smallhold is a multi-operational mushroom farm implementing innovative logistics and technology to grow mushrooms everywhere. Hailing from Brooklyn and quickly expanding, Smallhold builds futuristic ‘minifarms’ that can be installed almost anywhere, empowering communities and businesses with a supply of local, quality mushrooms.

We discuss Smallhold’s unique trajectory into the mushroom space and how a history of inventive agriculture fuels the drive and infrastructure of Smallhold. Andrew shares his experience with growing an unconventional startup with nuggets of wisdom for fellow entrepreneurs. We also talk about the ‘shroom boom’ and how mushrooms are “the produce of our times”.

Andrew Carter has an extensive background in Environmental Science and Ecological Design. He has been an arborist, has worked with hydroponics and was part of WindowFarms, helped grow the successful greenhouse company BrightFarms, and was a consultant for indoor agriculture. Andrew has traveled the world learning about innovative ag and is now pioneering the industry for mushroom cultivation in the United States.

Topics covered:

  • The origin story of Smallhold and their expansions
  • Organic and certified organic mushroom farming
  • Innovations in urban agriculture
  • Macrofarming vs. mini-farming of mushrooms
  • Supply chain and the mushroom industry in United States
  • Why mushrooms are a future food
  • Considerations on mushroom-related startups and the possibilities for growth

Show Notes

Smallhold Website:

The Mushroom Will Survive Us - NY Times:

Phyllis Ma’s Photography:

A Speciality Mushroom Business Grows in Brooklyn:

Mushrooms, The Last Survivors:

I Ordered Two Bags of Dirt, and A Week Later I Had Mushrooms:

Feb 08, 2021
Black People Trip - Robin Divine

Today’s show highlights the importance of creating safe spaces for Black folk, particularly women, in psychedelic spaces. We are joined by the eloquent and influential writer and mental health advocate, Robin Divine. Robin recognizes the deficiencies in contemporary American psychedelic culture for BIPOC, and is committed creating resources to build thriving communities. Her latest project is a book to be titled “Black People Trip” that will be a collection of essays on trauma, mental illness and psychedelics from the perspective of Black queer women. 

Robin Divine is a writer and mental health advocate for Black women. Her personal history of trauma, medication resistant depression, and innumerable unsuccessful therapies, led her to eventually reach for psilocybin mushrooms. She began to see real results. Her work can be found on the online publishing platform, Medium

Topics covered:

  • Intersectionality in contemporary psychedelic spaces 
  • Microdosing and macro-dosing for mental health
  • Being a black, queer woman in the US and in psychedelic spaces
  • Tips and resources for BIPOC seeking psychedelic therapy
  • Individual actions and inactions for propelling BIPOC in this spaces
  • The importance of decriminalization of psilocybe mushrooms and other psychedelics
  • Considerations for the imminent psychedelic renaissance 

Show notes:

Robin’s Medium Profile:
Robin’s Venmo: @DivineRobin
Robin’s Instagram:
People of Color Psychedelic Collective:
The Sabina Project:
Diaspora Psychedelic Society:
Go Fund Me for the book “Black People Trip”:

Why Don’t More Black People Use Psychedelics?

How This Black-Led Psychedelic Collective Is Combining Anti-Racism With ‘Sacred Plant Medicine’:

Feb 02, 2021
Know Your Fungus - Larry Evans

Everything you didn't know about fungi. Larry Evans is a brilliant mycologist and full time jokester. He is a well known mushroom guru and star of the documentary 'Know Your Mushrooms". Based in Montana, Larry runs Montana Mushrooms where his crew leads forays, cultivation courses and more. He is a fearless leader when it comes to mushroom foraging. Sit back and enjoy Larry's fungal wisdom and charisma!

Topics covered:

  • The infamous trichoderma mold and its contribution to soil health
  • Soil carbon and the roles of fungi
  • Anaerobic sterilization of agricultural waste
  • Mycoremediation— specifically with particle boards and hydrocarbon degradation
  • Mushroom Foraging in Bolivia
  • Fungal aromatics and their indications 
  • Morel mushroom hunting, their perplexing genetics and best practices for cooking
  • Ecosystem of the novel Amanita muscaria 
  • Larry Evan’s song-smithing and The Fungal Boogieman

Show notes

Chip Drop:

Soil Carbon Interviews with RaeLi Narisi - De-Taboo the World

Dr. Rick Freeman builds soil:

Video Clips:

Fungal boogieman clip amazon rio:

Burn Morels:

Fungal Jungal Tours in Bolivia 2008:

Quick chanterelle:

Quick truffle:

Jan 22, 2021
The Mushroom Cure - Adam Strauss

Comedian Adam Strauss describes his use of mushrooms and other psychedelics to combat his OCD.  Adam is known for his substantively human monologue, dubbed "The Mushroom Cure",  where he shares the complex nuances of OCD and his turbulent path of psychedelic use to find mental homeostasis. This episode offers insight into the mind of obsessive compulsive disorder and how psychedelics can be an effective tool for surrendering those tendencies. Adam is an intellectual storyteller and comedian, so sit back and enjoy some grade A conversation.
Adam Strauss is a comedian, writer and performer based in NYC. He won the New York Fringe Festival's Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance and the Leffe Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition. 

Topics Covered

  • Mental health in comedy culture 
  • Psychedelics and psychotherapy for mental illness, particularly with psilocybin and OCD
  • Adam describes what it's like to have OCD
  • The backstory of The Mushroom Cure monologue
  • Coping mechanisms for OCD in the past, present and future

Show notes

The Mushroom Cure website:
Adam Strauss' IG:
Adam Strauss' Website:
Articles mentioned:

Jan 14, 2021
Mushrooms for Dogs - Dr. Patti Mayfield

We know mushrooms are good for humans, but what about for dogs? Today we are joined by the eloquent and wonderful vet, Dr. Patti Mayfield to talk about just that. We begin by discussing canine heath as whole, where Dr. Mayfield lays a groundwork for the do's and don'ts for good health in dogs. Then we discuss the supportive qualities of mushrooms and other herbs in a dog's health and wellbeing. Prepare for some wonderful conversations and insights into the world of veterinary practices. We get technical, speculative and philosophical in our discussions. Make sure to share the knowledge with any canine caregivers and consider the addition of mushrooms in their diet to promote good health.

Dr. Patti Mayfield DVM, HABC, CVCH*

Dr. Mayfield is an experienced small-animal veterinarian who graduated from Oregon State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences (crop and soil sciences), and in 2005 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in 2006 and spent the next 15 years cultivating a career in emergency medicine and critical care. 

In the last 3 years, Dr. Mayfield has expanded her skill set by obtaining a human animal bond certification (HABC), and will complete her certificate of Chinese veterinary herbalist (CVCH) in the spring of 2021. Additionally, Dr. Mayfield has completed the Sonographic Diagnostic Efficiency Protocol (SDEP). As the owner of Smiling Dog Veterinary Services, she offers integrative medicine, mobile veterinary diagnostic ultrasound, and hospice and palliative care for her patients. 

Dr. Mayfield is passionate about animal welfare and promoting the human-animal bond. She is the Medical Director of Companion Animal Medical Project (CAMP), a nonprofit organization providing veterinary wellness services to the pets of people experiencing homelessness in her hometown of Bend, Oregon. Additionally, Dr. Mayfield has traveled to under-served areas to provide veterinary care; most recently to Malawi, Africa, where she organized a self-supported canine rabies clinic to help address the major public health issue of endemic rabies within the canine population.

Dr. Mayfield served on the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board from 2013 until 2017. She is the Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Veterinary Cannabis Society, is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the North American Veterinary Community, the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. 

In her spare time, she enjoys flying her paraglider with her partner Tim, and seeks adventure in the backcountry snowboarding or mountain biking. 

Her fuzzy companions include “Pilot”, an adventurous husky mix, a darling muppet-like dog called Wheels, and her marvelous feline, Floof.

Show notes:

Other Media:

Jan 04, 2021
Fungal Biotechnology & Natural Dyes - Ricky Cassini

Meet Michroma — an innovative startup from Indie Bio making natural food and cosmetic dyes from fungi! We are joined by co-founder Ricky Cassini, a young entrepreneur and newfound scientist to talk about Michroma's projects and how impactful this research and development is for industrial colorants. Ricky shares some intriguing insights to their process of working with filamentous fungi and how the team is optimizing their methods for a safe, effective and versatile dye. We also discuss the culture and the hurdles of being a biotechnology startup, followed by our two sense for fellow up and coming businesses. Prepare to be amazed once again at the practical applications of fungi in crevices of our day to day lives.
Ricky Cassini is the CEO and co-founder of Michroma, based in Argentina. The Michroma Team went through Indie Bio’s accelerator program and focuses on creating naturally derived colorants from fungi.

Topics covered

  • Synthetic and natural dyes that are problematic for human health and/or the environment
  • Startup culture, specifically with biotech companies
  • Pigmented metabolites of fungi and how to induce them
  • Harvesting and application of fungal pigments
  • The science history of fungal pigments
  • The uniqueness of filamentous fungi as opposed to the yeast-like fungi currently used in fungal biotechnology

Show notes

Michroma's Website:
Medium Article:

Dec 31, 2020
Mycopigments: Dyeing with Mushrooms - Alissa Allen

Make the rainbow with mushrooms. In today’s episode we welcome Alissa Allen, the founder of Mycopigments — a platform dedicated to exploring and documenting regional mushroom and lichen dyes. Alissa is pioneering our understanding of fungal dyes and offers expertise on DIY natural mushrooms dyes including where to ethically find these mushrooms, test their dyeing potentials, mordanting, choosing the right fibers and much more! We also discuss what we know about the history of using mushroom dyes and their unexpected applications. This episode is full of surprising factoids and meaningful stories that any mushroom lover or natural dye enthusiast will value.
Alissa Allen is the founder of Mycopigments. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has been exploring the world of fungi since she was a child. Alissa joined the ranks of amateur mycology in 1999 through the guidance of the Puget Sound Mycological Society. From there she became a mushroom identifier and was introduced to mushroom dyeing. She volunteered for five years studying fungal diversity and fruiting cycles at Shadow Lake Bog in Kent, WA and served as a field assistant for four years working on the production of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a field guide. 

She has been teaching about mushroom dyeing, identification, and ethical harvesting practices full time since 2012. She created and curates two vibrant discussion groups, Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. These groups have grown into a vibrant community of over 10,000 members.

 To learn more about Alissa’s work, visit, and join Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United (on Facebook).

Ask Alissa to host a workshop:

Micropigments Website:

Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United:

International Fungi & Fibre Symposium:

Instagram: @mycopigments

Dec 16, 2020
Saving the Bees with Fungi - Jennifer Han & Nick Naeger

Today we are joined by two of the leading pioneers in apiary (beekeeping) sciences and how fungi are being applied to help fight off pests and support the immune systems of the vital honeybee. Fungi have shown up time and time again as a promising companion to improve our relationship with the planet as consumers, and today's topic is a heavy reckoning with honeybee colony collapse. We first discuss how we rely on honeybees for the incredible contribution they make to wildlife biodiversity and modern agriculture.  Jennifer and Nick then get into the weeds of the many hardships that these bee colonies are facing and the detrimental impacts that are already happening. Inspired by Paul Stamet's observation of bees foraging on the mushrooms bed at Fungi Perfecti, Jennifer and Nick's lab have worked on a number of mushroom extracts for honeybee longevity. Additionally, they have pioneered some the important work of combating varroa mites with a well known soil dwelling fungus and mycopesticide — metarhizium anisopliae.

Show notes:

WSU Bee Lab:
Article featuring Jennifer & Nick:
The Pollinator Partnership:
Project Apis m.:

Dec 16, 2020
End of Life & Psilocybin Therapy - Thomas Hartle

Today we meet with Thomas Hartle, who was granted a federal exemption to use psilocybin mushrooms as a therapy for anxiety surrounding his Stage 4 colon cancer. Thomas has exhibited profound benefit from a session with psilocybin, which was legally facilitated by a company called TheraPsil. We have the honor to sit down with him to hear about his journey before, during and after the therapy. 

Thomas Hartle is a 52-year-old father of two based in Saskatoon. He was diagnosed in 2016 and has had numerous rounds of  chemotherapy. Thomas is a welcoming, optimistic person and has invited folks in a similar position to connect with him. 

Topics Covered:

  • Legislation of psilocybin assisted therapy in Canada
  • Psychotherapy and the unpredictable nuances in a given patient
  • Psilocybin’s influence on daily life beyond anxiety
  • Tips for how to get the most from a session with psilocybin
  • Navigating family dynamics as a cancer patient and as recipient of psychotherapy
  • TheraPsil, a patient advocacy group offering psilocybin to eligible patients in Canada
  • Existence after death

Show notes:

Dec 10, 2020
HBO Max's "The Fungies!" - Stephen P. Neary

Meet HBO Max's animator, Stephen P. Neary who created "The Fungies!" This new, mushroom centered cartoon is guaranteed to be enjoyable by the whole family. We have our talented guest, Stephen, to thank for this delightfully wholesome series. We talk with Stephen about the past, present, and future of The Fungies! and story behind his inspiration. Sit back and enjoy some behind the scenes information, as well as lots of teasers for a variety of episodes, now streamable at !
Stephen P. Neary is a producer and writer, known for Chicken Cowboy (2008), The Fungies (2020) and Epic (2013).

Show notes:

Dec 02, 2020
Empowering Fungi - Nat Kelley

Today we are joined by actress & activist, Nathalie Kelley, who speaks to why the fungal queendom deserves recognition and employment now more than ever. We look to fungi as an example of regenerative living, and discuss the real ways in which humans can readopt that lifestyle. We also talk about the growing awareness around fungi and how to encourage that momentum for a better world. In particular, we discuss the important work of the Fungi Foundation, a Chilean organization that focuses on the conservation and documentation of fungi. Tune in to get inspired— or re-inspired— to fuel the fungal queendom's role in the modern world.
Nathalie Kelley is a Peruvian-Australian actress, Indigenous woman, and aspiring regenerative human. She has most recently starred in include Dynasty and ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty. Inspired by the movie Fantastic Fungi, Nat joined the Fungi Foundation as a board member, alongside the incredible founder Giuliana Furci, renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, and natural winemaker Joanna Foster. 
Donate to the Fungi Foundation today! Visit 
More resources
Fungi Foundation Website: 
Kiss the Ground: 
Lo—TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism: 
Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake:

Nov 28, 2020

The day is finally here. We've been working hard for this relaunch of Mushroom Revival! New and improved products, branding, and content have arrived. This episode is a little a sit down with the fam to cover the ins and outs of whats changed here at HQ. Tune in on YouTube to see the video component enriched with original animation and photography, and get excited for the fungal abundance coming your way!

Nov 24, 2020
MycoTechnology - Jim Alderink

What roles do mushrooms have in biotechnology? So many! But today we are talking about the newest fungal innovations in food science. Our guest today, Jim Alderink, is the VP of Technology Integration for the auspicious start up, MycoTechnology based in Colorado. We cover some unexpected applications of fungi and their metabolites, how they scale the technology and cover some of their most successful developments— the ClearTaste™  Bitter-Blocker and the PureTaste™  Protein that are revolutionizing food science. We discuss the potentials of fungi in biotechnology, the happy accidents that birthed MycoTechnology and so much more!
In 2019 Jim brought his 30 years of “Big Food” experience at the Kellogg Company to the “not-so-little-anymore” mushroom startup MycoTechnology. As VP Technology Integration, Jim capitalizes on a career spent in food development and leadership within the natural products category. He now focuses on how MycoTechnology’s unique mushroom fermentation platform can positively impact the health and wellness of consumers around the world. In his free time, Jim is an avid gardener and morel hunting enthusiast!
Show notes:

Nov 11, 2020
Mycopesticides - Mark Goettel

There are many ecosystems where fungi act as an effective bio-insecticide. When conditions are right, these species of fungi infect their insect hosts which allow them to propagate and in some cases significantly reduce populations of their target hosts. Applications of these fungi are being explored in agriculture, pest management and ecosystem conservation. Today we are joined by a leading researcher in mycopesticide development and insect pathologist, Dr. Mark Goettel.
Mark Goettel is an Insect Pathologist recently retired from the Lethbridge Research Centre of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada.  He obtained his BSc from Concordia University, Montreal in Biology, in 1975; MSc from the University of Ottawa in Insect Ecophysiology, in 1977. He then spent 3 years in the Fiji Islands studying the Biocontrol of Mosquitoes under Canadian International Development Agency Fellowship/United Nations Volunteer/World Health Organization funding. He then obtained his PhD in 1997 from the University of Alberta.  His dissertation research was on Microbial Control of Mosquitoes. Following this he undertook a Post-Doc at the Insect Pathology Resource Centre, Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University in New York.  He returned to Canada in 1988 to join the Lethbridge Research Centre as an Insect Pathologist until his retirement in 2012.  Since retirement he continued his position as Editor-in-Chief of Biocontrol Science and Technology until 2017. He also provided workshops on preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals in China and elsewhere. He also presented hands-on science workshops in elementary schools throughout Southern Alberta under the Scientists in School program. He is presently a Jinshan Scholar at the Institute of Applied Ecology at the Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China.

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Oct 30, 2020
Ethnomycology - Elinoar Shavit

Ethnomycology — the study human historical and cultural use of fungi. It is a wonderful and vast topic, and today we are joined by one of the world's few ethnomycologists, Elinoar Shavit. We specifically focus on the desert truffle and its vital role in local communities in the middle east. With the tributes to the desert truffle, we highlight the multitudes of other vital fungi that deserve our recognition and protection globally. Be sure to check out the show notes for more information on this essential science.
Elinoar Shavit is an ethnomycologist specializing in mycological and cultural research regarding desert truffles, functional mushrooms and the traditional use of fungi and plants by indigenous people around the world. She is a frequent speaker on these topics in international and domestic conferences and has published numerous research papers and book chapters.
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Oct 05, 2020
The Harvard Psilocybin Project - Gunther Weil

Today we are joined by Gunther Weil, the only remaining contactable member of the Harvard Psilocybin Project. The 60s was an eventful decade for psychedelics, among many other global and national events, and included famous studies such as the Concord Prison Experiment and the Good Friday Experiment. Gunther was involved firsthand and worked side by side with notable members such as Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Ralph Metzner and many more. We have the pleasure of hearing his stories from this era enriched with detail and charisma. We share personal experiences and discuss psychedelic therapies then, now and in the future.
Gunther Weil was one of the core graduate student members of the Harvard Psilocybin project in 1960-1963. He worked closely with Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass). He escaped the Holocaust, helped Tim Leary run the Concord Prison Experiment with Psilocybin mushrooms, edited the book “The Psychedelic Reader: Classic Selections from the Psychedelic Review”. Gunther is also a 50-year practitioner of Tai Chi and is recognized as a master teacher of Qigong. He was a founding chairman of the National Qigong Association. 


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Sep 29, 2020
Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora - Omar Thomas

In todays show, we are joined by the wise and wonderful Omar Thomas. He has extensive experience with psychedelic healing and is dedicated to introducing this therapy equitably and responsibly in Jamaica. As a retired US army veteran,  African Panamanian-Jamaican, and unique origins, Omar's navigation in life has brought him to do the important work he does today. With a focus on empowering and healing African diaspora (people who are dispersed from their original homeland), his organization offers mushroom ceremonies, affordable education on self sustaining practices, and so much more. Omar shares his experiences and realizations from his deep work with mushrooms and mindfulness, and eloquently describes what it means to Be Here Now. He also speaks about being an African diaspora and offers wise words for reconnecting and healing to fellow diaspora.


Omar is the founder of Diaspora Psychedelic Society.

His heritage of Jamaican and Panamanian ancestry led him to search for non-traditional answers to his own PTSD and trauma issues in the early 90s. His search eventually took him to Mexico where he underwent 30 days of fasting, isolation, and intensive sacred mushroom work under curandero guidance. Now with over 20 years of mushroom experience he is returning to Jamaica to collaborate with a variety of organizations on projects that promote responsible, sacred medicine use and equitable access to plant-based therapies for all. 

Through Diaspora Ministries, Omar offers private coaching, sacred medicine guidance, and integration services that focus on the daily practical application of the psychedelic experience, mindfulness, and overcoming generational trauma as it applies to members of the African diaspora of Caribbean, Latino, and African American descent.

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Sep 23, 2020
Meditation & Psilocybin - Vanja Palmers

This blissful episode covers the synergies between meditation and psilocybin and features a conversation with Zen monk and entheogen devotee— Vanja Palmers. Vanja has contributed to the first, and currently only, scientific paper on the effects of psilocybin on experienced meditators. We talk about their key findings, metrics, and mechanisms. We also discuss some tips and tricks for how you can introduce psilocybin into your meditation practice, and the many benefits that this notable pair can offer.
Vanja Palmers was born in Vienna, Austria,  and grew up in Switzerland. He practiced Zen for over 30 years with 10 years of traditional training as a Zen monk, and is the co-founder of a retreat center in Puregg, Austria and Felsonter, Switzerland. He is also a lifelong animal rights activist, a member of the Swiss Medical Association for Psycholytic Therapy, and is a father of a grown up daughter.

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Sep 15, 2020
Culinary Mycology - Jim Fuller

As a chef and mycologist, Jim Fuller is the expert on how to cook mushrooms. His background in chemical engineering has played a crucial role in understanding culinary mycology— from sautéing, pickling, fermenting, cultivating, foraging and more. Jim has traveled the world with renown chefs and mycologists, and shares some of his most entertaining moments with us. This episode is full of new and useful tips, tricks and factoids!
Jim Fuller is a co-founder of Fable Food Company, a vegetarian mushroom-based meat leveraging the unique characteristics of various fungi to re-create the taste and texture of meat. Jim is also a chemist, chef and mycologist. He has a degree in chemical engineering from San Antonio, then after a few years of working in a spawn lab at Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. in the North bay area of San Francisco  (with David Law, Feb 11,2020 podcast), moved onto the University of Melbourne to study Agricultural Science with a focal point in mycology. His specialties have brought him far and wide.
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Sep 10, 2020
Mushrooms in Nigeria - Jones Omage

Mycology is an emerging science, and today we joined by one of Nigeria's few mycologists to talk about this emergence in Nigeria and West Africa. We cover a wide range of topics from folklore, Jones' research on Calocybe indica (aka the Milky Mushroom), innovative cultivation tech with local resources, and more.
Jones Omage is a Laboratory Technologist at the African Centre for Mushroom Research and Technology. His love for mushrooms started some years ago as an undergraduate student years, and he has a master’s in Mycology and Plant Pathology from the University of Benin in Nigeria.
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Sep 01, 2020
Fungi, Radiation, & Outer Space - Graham Shunk & Xavier Gomez

If humans ever travel to Mars, we will need fungi to help. We are joined today by two young researchers whose experiment was welcomed aboard the ISS in 2018, where a melanized fungus was sent to space to observe the effects of cosmic radiation on the organism's health, as well the attenuation of radiation. The results are exciting— future exhibitions to Mars and beyond could team up with melanized fungi to grow shields that protect humans from life-threatening radiation. Melanin is responsible for some fungi's ability to thrive in highly radioactive environments, including the Chernobyl reactor no.4, and now, outer space.
Graham Shunk is a high school senior in the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He is a finalist in the NASA Grow Beyond Earth competition, and has designed one of 5 winning prototypes of dense-agriculture systems for sustainably growing food in microgravity. is goal is to continue pursuing impactful research that will help get humans to Mars by solving decades-old problems that astronauts will face in deep space. In his spare time, Graham enjoys flying Cessna aircraft, conversing in Russian with peers, and leading his school’s Rocketry Team.

Xavier Gomez  is a sophomore Levine scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, he is studying to get his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering. Coming from a biomedical engineering background with an internship at Duke University, he is now exploring a variety of interests ranging from radiotrophic fungi to research on gentrification in migrant foodscapes. He is looking to get into sustainable and ethical supply chain management focusing on creating lasting relationships between well-compensated producers and ethically-minded consumers, building a more equitable and sustainable global economic playing field. During his free time he volunteers for sustainability and the smart growth nonprofit Sustain Charlotte, runs competitively, and plays the saxophone.
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Aug 25, 2020
Photogenic Fungi - Steve Axford

Your favorite mushroom photography is likely thanks to the work of our delightful guest, Steve Axford. The beauty and scientific accuracy of Steve's work has captivated national & international media, fungi experts, and anyone with an affinity for the odd and the beautiful. Steve shares his tips and tricks for capturing fungi on film, the unique places he's traveled to, and some unexpected observations of fungi that are only made possible with time-lapse photography.
Steve Axford is an ambassador for Sony Australia and has an international reputation as a specialist in nature photography with a particular passion in macro fungi photography. He also has a unique expertise in time-lapse photography of fungi. His work has been featured in BBC Planet Earth, National Geographic, Guardian Observer, Daily Mail UK, and more.
See a movie trailer for Steve's upcoming movie, Plant Fungi!

Aug 18, 2020
The Microdose Study - Zachary Walsh

Microdosing is a trending practice, but the science is far behind. Today we are joined by Zachary Walsh, a leading researcher in the Microdose Study. We discuss the objectives and hurdles in conducting a study like this. It is the first of its kind— a mobile, correlational study collecting data on the effects on cognitive performance and mental health of microdosing with psychedelic substances.
Zachary Walsh is a Professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Psychology and registered clinical psychologist whose research has been supported by a number of institutions including the Canadian Institute of Health Research and American Psychological association. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008, and completed a clinical internship and research fellowship at the Brown University Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Zach currently sits on the advisory board for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, otherwise known as MAPS.

Aug 10, 2020
Game of Shrooms - Attaboy

Look up. Look down. Finder's keepers.
"Game of Shrooms" is a scavenger hunt where hiders make and seekers score. On August 15th 2020, many cities and towns around the world will participate by creating mushroom themed art pieces, strategically placed to be discovered and treasured by the lucky finder. We welcome the artist behind the hunt, Attaboy. We learn about his eclectic career, how Game of Shrooms came to be, and the impact this simple idea has had.
Attaboy is an artist and co-founder of Hi-Fructose Magazine. With a commitment to creating and curating surprising forms of visual art, Atta has forged a varied career, often fusing subversion with disconcerting whimsy. In June of last year, Atta inadvertently created an international underground holiday called Game of Shrooms Shroom-drop scavenger hunt.

Aug 04, 2020
Chemistry of Functional Mushrooms - Dr. Anna Sitkoff

Join us in visualizing the biomechanics and physiological effects of mushrooms in the body with our knowledgable guest, Dr. Anna Sitkoff. We cover the unique chemical profiles of fungi, optimal extraction methods, administration, philosophies and more. Following along may require some preliminary understanding of functional mushrooms. For beginner learning, check out episodes #4, #6 and #11.

Dr. Anna Sitkoff is a Naturopathic Doctor, avid researcher, botanical medicine enthusiast, and exceptionally curious applied mycologist. During her studies at Bastyr University she did laboratory research on the rosy polypore mushroom, exploring the anti-cancer and immune-modulating properties of different extraction methods. For the last six years she has taught medicinal mushroom classes in the Pacific Northwest geared towards the identification and utilization of local mushrooms as medicine. A lifelong student of medicine and the human body, her greatest interest is how mushrooms and their constituents interact with human physiology. Her blog is a platform for public education about her findings in the literature that empowers readers to make their own mushroom medicine. She will be working as a primary care physician in Port Townsend, Washington beginning in October 2020, and is currently a scientific advisor for North American Mushroom Extracts (NAMMEX).

Jul 28, 2020
Fungi & Animal Mutualism - Todd Elliott

How do animals interact with fungi? Mutualism between fungi and animals emerge in unexpected ways. With Todd Elliott's global lens, we discuss the interesting yet under researched relationships between vertebrates and fungi in the natural world. This episode is full of fun myco-factoids and anecdotes from around the world such as truffle-eating birds, poisonous box turtles, myco-medicinal bird nests and more.
Todd Elliott is a naturalist, ecologist, and fungal enthusiast who loves sharing his passion for the natural world. He has been involved with research projects exploring biological diversity on six continents and has discovered and described mushroom species that are new to science. Todd lectures and occasionally appears in TV programs sharing his passion for the natural world, fungi, ecology, and conservation. He is also an author and award-winning photographer with hundreds of his images appearing in books, magazines, scientific journals, and newspapers.


Jul 21, 2020
Fine Mycelium - Dr. Matt Scullin

Mycelium through the lens of materials science. Soft and fluffy mycelium isn't as feeble as it seems. Quite the opposite— it's industrial strength. A biotech company from the San Fransisco Bay Area is growing leather from fungi that outperforms animal hides and may be pivotal technology toward a sustainable future.

Today we have the honor of speaking to a leading researcher and CEO of MycoWorks, Dr. Matt Scullin. As a materials engineer, Dr. Scullin takes us on a journey into the mechanics of mycelium to understand its impressive performance. His unique perspective as an engineer inspires new ways to see fungi. We lightly discuss the tricks of the trade, molecular structure, deficiencies in the science, and the importance of collaboration to advance the technology's infancy.

Dr. Scullin is a materials entrepreneur who has pioneered several new materials into commercialization. He is currently CEO at MycoWorks, the leader in the field of fine mycelium materials (Reishiª). He is also the co-founder and board member of a stealth-mode materials company. In 2008, Dr. Scullin founded Alphabet Energy, the leader in the field of thermoelectric products for waste-heat recovery, and sold that company in 2019. Prior to founding Alphabet Energy Inc., Dr. Scullin held positions at X/Seed Capital, IBM, and General Motors. He has won numerous awards for innovation and entrepreneurship including the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer award and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30.

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Jul 15, 2020
One Tree Planted - Diana Chaplin

The world needs more trees. That's why at Mushroom Revival we plant a tree for every product we sell by partnering with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—One Tree Planted. In this episode we are pleased to welcome Diana Chaplin, the director of OTP, who will discuss their mission, how it works, and how more people can get involved. Diana also shares her knowledge on the industry of deforestation and how we consumers can make simple changes to lessen the impact.
Diana Chaplin is the Canopy Director of One Tree Planted, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Her role is focused on managing communications, marketing, and storytelling around the many reforestation projects that the organization conducts. She's a holistic thinker who applies the wisdom of nature's systems towards creating connectivity through content that ultimately helps scale the impact of One Tree Planted's work. She has a background in publishing, leadership development, and wellness, all of which fused beautifully in service of sustainability.

Jul 06, 2020
Agroforestry & Mushroom Cultivation - Steve Gabriel

Farming, permaculture, agroforestry, business, and innovation. This episode has lots of great conversation about modeling your home grow-op to the best of its ability. Steve sheds light on the current education surrounding mushroom cultivation and speaks to how these systems can evolve to more comprehensive and inclusive.


Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, author, and forest farmer who has lived most of his life in the Finger Lakes region of New York, on the traditional lands of the Lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) people. His personal mission is to reconnect people of all ages with the natural world and to support them to find a working relationship of stewardship and mutual benefit. 

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Jun 25, 2020
The Last of Us 2 — The Mycology of Cordyceps

In this episode we discuss the celebrity zombie fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. Its latest trending appearance being The Last of Us Part II— an apocalyptic video game where this fungus has evolved to infect human beings. This was produced by the Naughty Dog for PlayStation, and although we have never played the game, we just had to highlight this! We go over the mycology of this fungus and debate the likelihood of cordyceps evolving to infect homo sapiens. 

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Jun 25, 2020
12 Year Old Te'Lario's Amazing Mushroom Farm - Te'Lario Watkins II

In this special episode, we welcome the young entrepreneur and mushroom enthusiast, Te'Lario Watkins II. Te'Lario launched his mushroom business, Tiger Mushroom Farms, when he was just seven years old, and is on a mission to help end hunger and encourage kids to eat healthier. He was featured on the Steve Harvey Show and just received a Global Child Prodigy Award! Te'Lario's passion for community, mushrooms, and business come together as an extraordinary force helping the world become a better place.


Te’Lario Watkins II is a 12 year old mushroom farmer, author, speaker and Hunger Hero. Te’Lario started his mushroom farm when he was 7 years old, and sells his mushrooms at local farmers markets and restaurants. Also an author hi book his titled "Te'Lario's Amazing Mushroom Farm", he shares his story with schools and other local organizations. One of Te’Lario’s missions is to end hunger. He founded his nonprofit “The Garden Club Project” to help end hunger and encourage kids to eat healthier.


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Jun 19, 2020
Growing Mushrooms In Ecuador - Lexie Gropper

In this episode, we talk about the abandoned oil pits from Texaco (now Chevron) and its impact on the environment and communities, and the Amisacho Restauración project that was founded in response to it. We discuss growing mushrooms in Ecuador and how she is using her mycological knowledge to help restore health, community, and ecosystems in the area.


Lexie Gropper is a dear friend and ecological warrior based in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Lexie Gropper is a biologist dedicated to deepening her understanding of the life cycles, with a passion for the processes of decomposition leading to regrowth. She dedicates her energy to the cultivation of plants, fungi, bacteria, relationships, community, and healing.

Lexie has been living in the Ecuadorian Amazon for the past 6 years. She lives on her family's reforested jungle and food forest island in the middle of a sea of deforestation and ongoing contamination from petroleum extraction, cattle ranching, and cash crop monocultures. The name of their project is Amisacho Restauración, where they've dedicated themselves to three direct lines of action in their region: restoring ecosystems, restoring health, restoring community.

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“Mujeres Curando y Remediando” 

May 19, 2020
Entangled Life - Merlin Sheldrake

In this episode, we are joined by the brilliant author and scientist Merlin Sheldrake. Merlin discusses his work with fungi throughout the years and how he has learned to understand them via many instruments and thought experiments. We talk a lot about his recent book, ‘Entangled Life’ where Merlin presents fungi to the reader in contexts of biology, ecology, philosophy, and more.


Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer with a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. He received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Merlin’s is a keen brewer and fermenter, and is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms. His first book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures was published in North America in May 2020, and will be published in England in September. 


May 12, 2020
Clinical Psilocybin Therapy for Addiction - Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu

Today’s show features our first guest from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu. We discuss the history of clinical research on psilocybin, its implications, and its bright future for healing. We also discuss the possibility of treating Alzheimer’s and dementia with psilocybin. Dr. Garcia-Romeu gives us an in-depth perspective on the execution of this important research, and hopefully inspires others to fuel its progression.


Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program. His research examines the effects of psychedelics in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. He received his doctorate in Psychology in 2012 from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA, where he studied self-transcendence and meditation, and their relationship to mental health. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, mindfulness, and altered states of consciousness and their underlying psychological mechanisms. He additionally studies real-world drug use patterns and impacts on public health, and the role of spirituality in mental health and addiction. 

May 06, 2020
Mycotoxins - Dr. Andrew Campbell

In this illuminating episode, we are joined by Dr. Andrew Campbell who shines light on the pervasive yet unfamiliar world of molds and mycotoxins. We discuss their effects on human health, how to detect it, and what you can do about it. This is a crucial episode for advancing our understanding of fungi as a whole!


Andrew Campbell is a doctor specializing in mycotoxins, with over 90 published papers, 19 of which address mold and mycotoxin effects on people. He has treated thousands of patients suffering from mycotoxins, and continues to progress his research and understanding. Dr. Campbell also founded — an online resource for mycotoxin testing.

Apr 30, 2020
Mycology in Academia - Tom Volk

Today we are delighted to welcome Dr. Tom Volk— one of the most established mycologists in the United States. Tom talks about the academic myco-culture and how much it has changed over the years, as well as the capacities of studying mycology at an academic institution. He also shares his journey of getting a heart transplant, and how fungi have affected his health throughout his life. 

Dr. Tom Volk is a well known mycologist who received a PHD in botany with a minor in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is currently teaching. Dr. Volk has mentored hundreds of students in the mycology field, has taught internationally and been a feature on TED talks. 


Apr 23, 2020
Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae: Down the Rabbit Hole with Tradd Cotter

Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae: Down the Rabbit Hole with Tradd Cotter
Today we are joined by an innovative, charismatic mycophile and good friend, Tradd Cotter. We talk about the many fungal projects going on at Mushroom Mountain, the comical stories throughout Tradd’s journey, fungal antibiotics, fungal insecticides, psilocybin mushroom therapy, growing mushrooms in third world countries, foraging and IDing mushrooms, online mushroom education, mushroom spore ink, mycoremediation, a bit about his upcoming book and so mush more.


Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, mycologist, and organic gardener. He has been cultivating commercially and experimentally for over 28 years and in 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain where he and his team cultivate fungi for food production and explore various applications for mushrooms. He is primarily interested in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone in the world can grow mushrooms! 

Apr 15, 2020
Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion - Michelle Janikian

We are pleased to welcome Michelle Janikian, author of a newly released guide on how to use magic mushrooms titled “Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion:  An Informative, Easy-to-Use Guide to Understanding Magic Mushrooms—From Tips and Trips to Microdosing and Psychedelic Therapy.". This is a conversation around introducing the use of mushrooms into your life in an approachable, mindful way. We cover tips on preparing set & setting, group versus independent journeys, microdosing, and much more!

Michelle Janikian is the author of “Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion” (Ulysses Press, 2019), the down-to-earth guide that details how to use magic mushrooms “like an adult.” As a journalist, she got her start writing about cannabis for publications like High Times, Rolling Stone and Herb. Now, she writes a column for Playboy on all things drug related and also contributes regularly to DoubleBlind Mag, MERRY JANE, Psychedelic’s Today and others. She’s passionate about the healing potential of psychedelic plants and substances, including cannabis, and the legalization and de-stigmatization of all drugs.

Apr 08, 2020
Decriminalizing Magic Mushrooms in CA - William Goss & Ryan Munevar

In this episode we will interview key members of Decriminalize California, to talk about their campaign to decriminalize magic mushrooms in the entire state of California. We talk about the laws, what does decriminalizing mushrooms actually mean, what people can and cannot do if this passes, and so much more.
William Goss is a mycophile residing in California. He has extensive experience in the plant and mushroom world and worked for one of the largest gourmet mushroom producers in the country. He served as the production team leader at Mycoworks and is now committing his time to supporting Decriminalize California. He also just got a job as the chief technology officer for myco-systemics, leaders in mushroom cultivation technology and infrastructure.
Ryan Munevar co-founded Monterey County NORML(National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) in 2013 to begin turning on the county and local cities with open source draft initiatives. Later, in 2015, he co-founded began winning local permits across the state.Ryan set up Decriminalize California to make sure that psychedelic mushroom lovers wouldn’t need to go through the same nightmare the cannabis industry is going through right now with permitting, hyper overregulation, and sin taxing at every step of the way.

Apr 03, 2020
Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us - Louie Schwartzberg

We are interviewing the award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg about his newly released film... Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us. We venture into the inspiration for this film, the behind the scenes making of the movie, why he chose to start a movement with mushrooms, what the film symbolized, and so mush more. This conversation will elevate your viewing experience and give you little nuggets to appreciate the work that much more.


Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades and have inspired millions of viewers. He is known for his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Louie is an innovation ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has received the NAPPC Growald Award for educating the public about pollination, and has directed award winning theatrical films for Disneynature and National Geographic. His new movie is called Fantastic Fungi: The magic beneath us.

Topics Covered

  • Louie’s personal background in filmmaking and his commitment to documenting nature
  • How filmmaking can be a powerful tool for overlooked subjects
  • How psilocybin influenced the making of this film and some of the most moving content
  • The challenges in th psychedelic mushroom use
  • The Stoned Ape Theory and the making of the animated segment
  • The Human Condition and a need for homecoming to nature
  • The Fantastic Fungi Companion Book:

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Mar 26, 2020
Mushrooms for Immune Support with Dr. Heather Moday

In this episode we will go over the ins and outs of our Immune system, Coronavirus (COVID-19), how functional mushrooms play a role in our immune system, gut health,  and tips and tricks that Dr. Heather Moday recommends for Coronavirus.

Dr. Heather Moday is trained in both traditional and functional/integrative medicine and has spent the last 25 years studying science and medicine with emphasis on immunology. She started the Moday Center to help individuals transform their relationships with their health by optimizing their personal environments, upgrading their nutrition, and improving their stress to live a happy, vital, productive life free of disease. Dr. Moday also has special interest in the gut/brain connection.

Mushroom Revival is an Organic medicinal mushroom company based in South Deerfield Massachusetts. We are mushrooming the culture around mushrooms. We want to revive the way people view mushrooms as medicine for people and the planet. We help people gain more energy, a better nights sleep, a clearer mind and a bullet proof immune system. We also plant one tree for every product we sell, revitalizing health inside and out. 

Mar 23, 2020
Mycoremediation - Leila Darwish

In this episode, we discuss the ethos of bioremediation and ecosystem restoration. We also talk about the reality of mycoremediation in its efficacy and application. From a grassroots approach, to the industry as a whole. We are joined by the lovely Leila Darwish who has pioneered grassroots methodologies of bioremediation.


Leila Darwish is a community organizer, author, permaculture designer, educator, urban gardener, and grassroots herbalist with a deep commitment to environmental justice, decolonization, food sovereignty, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water.

Over the last decade, she has worked as a community organizer for different environmental organizations and community groups on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more. 

She has taught grassroots bioremediation for a diversity of groups and communities in Canada and the USA and published her first book in 2013 titles “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes”.

Mar 11, 2020
Truffle Cultivation - Ian Hall

Welcome Dr. Ian Hall, a mycorrhizal fungi expert who has revolutionized truffle cultivation worldwide. In this episode we will review symbiotic fungi as a whole and discuss the past, present, and future of the truffle mushroom industry. 


Dr. Ian Hall is a mycorrhizal fungi expert. He introduced truffle cultivation to the Southern Hemisphere and established the basis of a truffle industry in New Zealand. Ian founded Truffles & Mushrooms Consulting Ltd, which now advises internationally on methods for the cultivation of truffles and other ectomycorrhizal mushrooms. His work also focuses on the beneficial effects of mycorrhizas in forestry, horticulture, and agriculture.

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Mar 05, 2020
Ecology of Psilocybin - Matthew Meyer

Today we are pleased to welcome Mathew Meyer, one of the few researchers to study psilocybin's role in ecology. We discuss his research paper « Why did the Mushroom Become Magic? » as well as many other publications that shed light on this compelling topic.


Matthew Meyer is a budding research mycologist and currently works as a Microscopy Specialist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. In his spare time, he conducts citizen-science fungal research and he serves as the Membership Director for the San Diego Mycological Society. Matthew obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA in 2017 and is currently applying to mycology PhD programs around the world. He hopes to study fungal chemical ecology with an emphasis on fungal-invertebrate interactions.

Feb 25, 2020
House Keeping Episode

An interlude episode where we update you on the latest happenings for Mushroom Revival. We talk about our move, changes to our products, classes, events we are going to take part of and more! 

Feb 17, 2020
Commercial Mushroom Production - David Law of Mycopia Mushrooms

Please welcome farmer & scientist, David Law, who brought bottle culture farming to the United States! We discuss the processes and benefits of this system, as well as the innovative projects going on behind the scenes at Mycopia Mushrooms.


David Law, who has degrees in Molecular biology and Business Administration, is currently the president and CEO of Gourmet Mushrooms, Inc. (aka Mycopia Mushrooms), in Sebastopol, CA and Scottville, MI. David has established one of the first automated bottle culture mushroom farms in the United States, and is working to increase their production and develop other business opportunities. 

Feb 11, 2020
Endophytic Fungi & Phylogeny - Dr. James White

Join us to talk all about the powers and compelling potentials of endophytic fungi and other microbes with Dr. James White. We discuss the evolutionary roles of endophytes, the ubiquity of these symbiotes, and their implications in the scientific community.


James White obtained a Masters degree in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Auburn University, Alabama, and the Ph.D. in Mycology and Botany from the University of Texas.

Dr. White is a Professor of Plant Biology, and specializes in symbiosis research particularly with endophytic microbes. He is the author of more than 200 articles, and author and editor of reference books on the biology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of fungal endophytes. He and the students in his lab are exploring diversity of endophytic microbes and the various impacts that they have on host plants.


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Jan 28, 2020
Beta-Glucan Test and Mushroom Supplement Industry - Dr. Barry McCleary

Dr. Barry McCleary, founder of Megazyme, and developer of the much needed beta-glucan test for the mushroom supplement industry joins us to help demystify our understanding of mushroom supplements. Dr. McCleary gives us an extensive review on the structure of polysaccharides & beta-glucans and how to detect them in the lab. We also discuss recent publications on the topic and their implications.

Dr. Barry McCleary received his PhD and DScAgr (Doctor of Science in Agriculture) degrees from the University of Sydney. Dr. McCleary’s contributions to analytical chemistry have been recognized at the highest level by analytical associations in the US, Europe and Australia; acknowledging his role in improving food standards throughout the world. His paper “ Measurement of β-Glucan in Mushrooms and Mycelial Products” was published in the Journal of AOAC International in 2016 and was the second most downloaded paper in 2017.

Show Notes:

Megazyme + Test Kit for Mushroom Supplements

Jan 22, 2020
All About Lichen - Kerry Knudsen

A podcast devoted to the wild and wacky world of Mushrooms! Episode 37 features one of the few lichen experts on the globe. Welcome Kerry Knudsen, a charismatic lichenologist with exceptional knowledge based in Prague, Czech Republic. We touch on a bit of everything lichenized and lichenicolous, putting a spotlight on these ancient, patient beings.
Kerry Knudsen is a mycological taxonomist and lichenologist at the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Kerry founded a lichen herbarium at the University of California at Riverside, and has published 220 papers and articles on lichens. 

Jan 21, 2020
DNA, Microscopy, Psilocybes and More - Alan Rockefeller

Todays show features the impressively knowledgeable mycologist, Alan Rockefeller. We cover fungal microscopy, DNA barcoding, psilocybe mushrooms, bioluminescent fungi and more. Get inspired to discover new species, spend more time in the forest, and dive deeper into the micro world of fungi in this episode.
Alan Rockefeller specializes in mushroom taxonomy. He has been collecting mushrooms for 17 years, and has traveled to Mexico to collect mushrooms for the past 11 years. Alan is a network security expert, a moderator at the Shroomery Mushroom Hunting and Identification Forum, and posts all of his mushroom photographs on When he is not hunting mushrooms Alan spends his time looking at mushrooms under the microscope, soldering electronics, hacking unix and sequencing mushroom DNA.

Jan 14, 2020
Spores & More - Nik Money

A podcast devoted to the wild and wacky world of Mushrooms! Episode 35 focuses heavily on fungal spores. From Buller’s drop, to spores as rainmakers, brilliant mycologist Nik Money talks with us about our current understanding of these microscopic fungus starters. We also discuss issues with taxonomy and pleomorphism of fungi.
Nicholas P. Money is a gentleman of letters, a mycologist, and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the microbial world. His latest book is titled The Selfish Ape: Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction.

Jan 07, 2020
International Medicinal Mushroom Conference China Recap

This is a a special episode about the recap from our trip to China for the 10th annual International Medicinal  Mushroom Conference. We will cover the history of mushroom culture in China,  conference highlights, impressive technology in the cultivation industry, exciting research in the medicinal mushroom industry, cordyceps cultivation, cordyceps and reishi museums, deficiencies in US mushroom industry, extraction techniques, clinical trials and so mush more! 

Dec 31, 2019
Is Santa on Shrooms?

Today we have a holiday special. Is the true spirit of Christmas a mushroom? Today's special edition holiday episode is all about Amanita Muscaria and it's profound interweaving with the Sami people of Lapland. We are joined by our friend Eric Puro from Finland to ruminate on how the mushroom may have influenced many of our hallmark Christmas traditions.
Eric Puro is an outdoor log mushroom grower, lecturer, Executive Committee member of the International Medicinal Mushroom Society, Founder and Managing Director of KÄÄPÄ Biotechnology, and a father of two. He lives by a lake in Karjalojha Finland, where he is currently looking over Europe's largest outdoor medicinal mushroom farm and building a log house. His company KÄÄPÄ Biotechnology is working with all types of fungi for many various applications. This inspires Eric to get out of bed every day, take his cordyceps and Chaga and explore the wonderful and awe inspiring world of fungi. 

Dec 24, 2019
The Mycobiome - Mahmoud Ghannoum & Afif Ghannoum

A podcast devoted to the wild and wacky world of Mushrooms! Episode 32 is all about the covers ever present mycobiome. We discuss the role of fungi in microbiomes all around us, shedding light on their importance influence on our health. Dr. Ghannoum is joined by his son, Afif, a biotech attorney and CEO of a probiotic supplement company called BIOHM.
Mahmoud Ghannoum, who coined the term mycobiome, has published over 450 peer reviewed papers, his work has been cited over 21,000 times in the literature. Washington Post called him “the scientist who is now known as the leading microbiome researcher in the world”.
Dr. Ghannoum lectures across the world on the microbiome, from the Pasteur Institute in France, to the National Institutes of Health. He is also the founder of BIOHM Health, the first company to create probiotics and microbiome tests that address both bacteria and fungi in the gut. He has also been involved in the development of 95% of the antifungals that have come to market since the 1990’s. Dr. Ghannoum is  coming out with his first consumer facing book, called Total Gut Balance, and it's all about the fungi in your gut, and how you can optimize your microbiome through balancing your total gut of bacteria and fungi.
Afif Ghannoum is a biotech attorney by background and the CEO of BIOHM. He’s launched and sold consumer products in over 27,000 stores and licensed IP to companies around the world. He holds several biotech patents, and his work around commercializing innovation has been featured in publications like Forbes and NPR. He’s also Dr Ghannoum’s son, working to turn his Dad’s science into world class consumer products. 

Dec 17, 2019
Microbia & Mycophilla - Eugenia Bone

This episode is a delightful conversation with Eugenia bone about the fungi in the micro and macro world. This is a well rounded episode that touches on the science, culture, politics, and more in the world of mycology. We also discuss her book Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You as well as a favorite in the myco-community Mycophilla.
Eugenia Bone is based in NYC and western Colorado, and is nationally known nature and food writer and author. She is a member of the American Society of Science Writers and former president of the NYMS. She is the author of the beloved Mycophilia, as well as many other award-winning books. Her work appears in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Currently, Eugenia is teaching a class at the NY Botanical Gardens on psychedelic mushrooms.
She is featured in the documentary Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg and is a contributor to the companion book.

Dec 10, 2019
Mycelium vs Fruiting Bodies - Jeff Chilton

Episode 30 is a critical episode for demystifying the medicinal mushroom market. Today we are speaking with Jeff Chilton, co-author of The Mushroom Cultivator and trusted medicinal mushroom expert. We dive deep into the science behind producing quality mushroom supplements, with a large focus on the misinformation on mycelium vs fruit bodies.
Jeff Chilton studied Ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and in 1973 began a 10 year career as a large scale commercial mushroom grower. Jeff is a founder of MycoMedia and is the co-author of The Mushroom Cultivator, published in 1983. In 1989 Jeff established Nammex, the first company to supply medicinal mushroom extracts to the Nutritional Supplement industry. And In 1997 he organized the first organic certification workshop for mushroom production in China. 

Dec 03, 2019
Bridging the Gap Between Fungi and the People - Dr. Britt Bunyard

This is a super special episode with Dr. Britt Bunyard. This is a great episode if you want to learn more about the reproductive cycle of Chaga, how fungi interact with diptera, mycology in traditional education systems, Telluride Mushroom Festival, Fungi Magazine, and so mush more!
Dr. Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi better known as fungi magazine. His entire career, Britt has worked academically as a mycologist writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books. The main focus of his research interests is on the coevolution of macrofungi and Diptera, the true flies. Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic Magazine, PBS’s NOVA television program, and in 2016 was made Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. 

Nov 26, 2019
Functional Mushrooms - Danielle Ryan Broida of Four Sigmatic

Today we cover the resurgence of functional mushrooms, particularly in the US, featuring  the National Educator for Four Sigmatic, Danielle Ryan Broida. We cover the culture, science, and applications of functional mushrooms in society. Get comfortable and enjoy this show!
Danielle Ryan Broida is the national educator for the medicinal mushroom company Four Sigmatic. Danielle is Colorado based, and an international soul. As a Registered Herbalist (AHG), Holistic Nutritionist, and Instructor of Mycology, my passions all blossom from the natural world. "I believe fungi are the most important teachers on our planet, silently guiding us towards a world of more connection with each other, the earth, and the answers we need to solve many of Earth’s problems. In my free time, you can find me anywhere outside—whether under the sun or stars, summer heat or winter snow. I’ll either be gardening, cooking plant-based recipes, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, surfing, or scuba diving. My favorite color yellow sums me up: full of fire, bright as light, and brimming with energy."

Nov 19, 2019
The Science and Spirit of Mushrooms - Reishi Strauss

This episode is critical interview with Reishi Strauss, who has pioneered some great research on cordyceps in the US. This is a great episode if you want to learn more about the medicinal mushroom industry, scientific testing, mycelium on grain  vs fruiting bodies, cordyceps extraction techniques and much more. 
Reishi Strauss has been a long time friend of ours and lead scientist for some Cordyceps studies she conducted with our cordyceps at Bastyr University over the last two years. A scientist and herbalist who attended Bastyr University, an accredited University in Seattle that is the only school in the world to offer a Bachelor's of Science in Herbal Sciences. After taking classes in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Ethnobotany, First Aid, Herb/Drug Interactions, Disease Processes, Anatomy, History of Herbal Medicine, and more, she finished her program with her final project conducting a study on cordyceps militaris. She then partnered with students the next year to conduct phase two of this study with first ever data on this research in the field of science. Check out our website to get all of the  show notes which describe in depth about her research and the results over the last  two  years.  

Nov 05, 2019
sPoOkY MuShRoOms

Fungi aren't all fun and games. In honor of the spooky season, episode 25 is here celebrate creepy fungal facts. We talk about fungal diseases,  fungi that never seem to die, bizarre biochemistry, how fungi are taking over the world, and more! Tune in, shroom in, and get spooked!

Oct 31, 2019
Radiation & Melanized Fungi - Ekaterina Dadachova

In this radical episode, we talk about the dark and mysterious fungi found growing in extreme environments like the Chernobyl reactor no.4. We are pleased to have one of the few scientist who study such fungi— Ekaterina Dadachova—with us on the show. In this episode, you will learn more about relationships between fungi and radiation, melanin as a functional molecule, and the implication of these discoveries for space exploration.
Ekaterina Dadachova received her Bachelor in Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry degrees from Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. She did her postdoctoral studies in radiopharmaceutical chemistry at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) in Sydney, Australia, followed by a stint as a Visiting Associate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA.
She subsequently held a Professorship in Radiology, Microbiology and Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
At the end of 2016 she joined the University of Saskatchewan for Nuclear Innovation, is the Chair in Radiopharmacy and a Professor at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.  Her laboratory has pioneered radioimmunotherapy of infections including fungal and bacterial infections and HIV. Kate has recently been awarded several Canadian grants to treat osteosarcoma and blastomycosis in dogs with radioimmunotherapy. Her other research interests are radioimmunotherapy of melanoma and pancreatic cancer as well as melanin-based radioprotectors.
Her melanin-based research is currently funded by the Canadian Space Agency.
Kate’s research has been funded by NIH, US Department of Energy (DOE), US Department of Defense (DOD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as private industries. She has over 150 published peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, and has 6 US patents.  She received several awards such as Philips Young Investigator Award, Young Professionals Award, Mary Kay Ash Research Award, Top 10 researchers at Einstein in 2013, and 2017 Burroughs Welcome Travel Award. She is an Academic Editor for Public Library of Science, and for the Scientific Reports Journal.

Oct 22, 2019
Intersectionality of Fungi in Community with Mario Ceballos

Episode 23 is a special interview with Mario Ceballos. This is a great episode if you want to learn more about intersectionality, POC (people of color) fungi community, fungi and culture, indigenous mushroom use, and so mush more.
Mario Ceballos is a Chicanx from Kumeyaay territory also known as San Diego CA. Mario is a stay at home parent of three children, and when they aren't braiding hair or making lunch they are thinking of ways to heal their community. Whether that be by using medicinal Fungi, direct action, smashing the patriarchy, or painting rocks with kids. Mario advocates for all marginalized people and looks to indigenous ways and models for organizing community and cultivating resilience. Growing up in a " border town", Mario has been forced to navigate two different worlds, with family on both sides of the border, they have first hand experience with the devastating effects of colonization and the re-traumatization of an increasingly militarized border. In a attempt to mitigate appropriation of traditional medicine and to increase access and representation for people of color, Mario created the POC Fungi Community.

Oct 15, 2019
The Sex Life of Mushrooms & DIY Mushroom Cultivation with Willoughby Arevalo

How does a spore become a fertile fungus? Let alone a mushroom? On today's episode, we are joined by the charismatic Willoughby Arevalo who does a spectacular job at peering into the promiscuous world of fungal sex. This stuff isn't just interesting, it's critical knowledge for any serious mycological endeavors.

Additionally, we highlight Willoughby's latest book "DIY Mushroom Cultivation", a new favorite here at Mushroom Revival for easy, yet effective ways to grow mushrooms just about anywhere.

Willoughby Arevalo is passionate about the ecology of fungi, the ways they shape our world and the ways we shape theirs. His lifelong friendship with fleshy fungi has led him down a mycelial pathway – from a start in field identification and mushroom hunting, branching into cuisine, DIY cultivation, farming, education, writing and eco-arts. In his thirty years of self-motivated inquiry and intimate lived experience with fungi, he has spent the last decade prioritizing sharing mycology with people in communities across North America This has manifested in numerous presentations, art projects, teaching tours, collaborations, gatherings, and his new book, DIY Mushroom Cultivation, out now from New Society Publishers. Between the mycology and art work, and caring for his kid, Uma, he works part time on an organic vegetable farm. Originally from Arcata, California (Traditional Wiyot and Yurok Territory), he lives as a guest on Unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver, Canada.

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DIY Mushroom Cultivation Book:

Sex Life of Mushrooms Performance:


Future Ecologies Interview with Willoughby:

Oct 09, 2019
Mushroom Education with the Fungi Academy

This is a special interview with Oliver Merivee of Fungi Academy. This is a great episode if you want to learn more about mushroom schools, Guatemala, online magic mushroom universities, and more!
Originally born in Estonia, Oliver is one of the founding members and a cultivation instructor at Fungi Academy Guatemala and the founder of School of Soma, an online sacred mushroom course. Since the beginning of 2016 he has been teaching hundreds of people how to cultivate their own mushrooms. His relationship with fungi began when he discovered psilocybe mushrooms and experienced their transformative power. The sacred mushroom medicine helped him to free himself from depression and tobacco addiction. Oliver is curious about all types of fungi but his main passion is empowering modern psychedelic explorers to cultivate a personal relationship with sacred mushrooms

Oct 03, 2019
Fun with Fermentation & Yeast with Gordon Walker

Yes, yeast are fungi! And that is only the beginning of the fun facts on yeast. We are pleased to welcome Gordon Walker, who is a master fermentor. We dive into how yeast differ from the familiar filamentous fungi, why they are so important, how they've changed life as we know it, and the seemingly infinitesimal applications of yeast.
Originally from Cambridge, MA, Dr. Gordon Walker moved to California to attend UC Santa Cruz where he developed a passion for scuba diving and home brewing. His interest in yeast and fermentation inspired him to attend UC Davis for graduate school where his doctoral research focused on the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine production.
Specifically yeast physiology and metabolism as it related to the fermentation ecology. After receiving his doctorate in Biochemistry from UC Davis, Gordon worked at Opus One Winery, isolating wild yeast for wine production and establishing redox potential as process parameter for the wine industry. Beyond his love of yeast, Gordon is an avid mycophile who runs the @fascinatedbyfungi account on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and iNaturalist. Beyond his obsession with fungi, he enjoys gardening, cooking for friends, and cats.

Sep 10, 2019
Conservation of Fungi with Giuliana Furci

Today we highlight the immensely important work of Giuliana Furci. We discuss the conservation of fungi and why it's important. How do we address endangered species of fungi? How can we actually take action and support these critical measures? We also cover women's role in mycology, how and why mycology needs to be incorporated into educational curriculums, and so much more.
Giuliana founded Fungi Foundation in 2012, through which she has focused on the conservation of fungi, sustainable collection of edible wild mushrooms, education, mycological explorations, the curatorship of the FFCL Fungarium, and the creation of national and international mycological capacity. Her achievements have led her to work and partner with important international institutions such as the Farlow Herbarium of Harvard University, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and the Telluride Mushroom Festival, among others. Chile is the only country in the world that has included fungi in its environmental legislation at the highest legislative level, thanks to Giuliana’s fundamental role. This legislation has created dozens of jobs for and initiated formal financing for mycologists in Chile. Giuliana has written and collaborated with numerous publications including “Fungi Austral” and “Field Guide to Fungi of Chile” vol 1. and 2.

Sep 03, 2019
Mycoremediation and Mushrooms in Mexico with Daniel Reyes

Today we have a good friend and brilliant mind on the show —  Daniel Reyes. This is a great episode if you want to learn more mycoremeditation, mushrooms in Mexico, the oil and gas industry, industrial remediation, mushroom travel and mush more!
Daniel Reyes has been learning, teaching, experimenting with, and researching fungi in many different capacities for the last 5 years. He found fungi through his career as a Hydrogeologist in the Oil and Gas industry and quickly immersed himself in the field of mycology. His main interests in fungi are their uses in Mycoremediation, Mushroom Cultivation, Ecology & Sustainability, and Health & Wellness. These interests have enabled him to travel the world to lecture and teach hundreds of people. He’s been part of a few different projects, most notably Myco Alliance and Central Texas Mycological Society in Austin, Texas; the Amisacho Restauracion Project in Ecuador; and the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. Currently he is now launching the next chapter in his journey to explore the world of mycology through Fungi International.

Aug 26, 2019
Cordyceps Around the World with Daniel Winkler

In todays show, we talk all about zombie fungi with our good friend Daniel Winkler, a cordyceps expert. We talk about entomopathogenic fungi acting as endophytes, mycorrhizas, parasites and beyond. In this episode you will learn about the cause and effects of these sci-fi mushrooms.
Daniel grew up in Munich, Bavaria, and started hunting Steinpilz (Boletus edulis) with his family at age three. Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (both Harbour Publishing, 2011 and 2012), Amazon Mushrooms (2014, co-authored) and brand a new "Field guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America with Robert Rogers". He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging for over 20 years in the PNW and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator and guide and as Puget sound mycological society vic e-president. His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC World Service etc. In the last decade Daniel started exploring neotropical fungi. With his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing mushroom focused eco-adventures to Tibet, Bhutan, China, the Amazon, Colombia, the Austrian Alps and the Pacific Northwest since 2007

Aug 20, 2019
Capturing Carbon in the Soil Sponge with Fungi - Sue Van Hook

Today we welcome the renown and beloved mycologist, Sue Van Hook. Sue specializes in mycorrhizal fungi,  soil health, and the soil sponge. Sue discusses fungi's role in the carbon life cycle and what this means for climate change. Join us to take a deep dive into this vital system.
Sue is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 45 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. While at Skidmore she served as a mycological consultant to Ecovative for the first three years before becoming the full time Mycologist at the company. In her retirement she consults and teaches about fungi.

Aug 14, 2019
Art & Culture of the Mushroom World with Art Goodtimes

Mushrooms are niche, but many people in the mushroom world have a burning passion for the fungal queendom, so much so that they dedicate their lives to celebrating all things mushroom. Today's guest, Art Goodtimes, is one of those humans! Art talks all about the development of the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Telluride, Colorado where he resides. We also discuss his prominent art forms— poetry, art and linguistics— and how he weaves in shrooms and fungi as a central theme.
Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. This artist, author, poet-performer, bioregionalist paleohippie, Green county commissioner, husband, father, fungiphile, and basket weaver is hooked on heirloom spuds and southwest wind. He is the creator of Talking Gourds, a traveling tribal poetry feast, and runs the Telluride Mushroom Festival as Master of Ceremonies and poet laureate  of the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

Aug 06, 2019
Myco-Materials with Gavin McIntyre of Ecovative

Today we welcome the brilliant engineer and entrepreneur, Gavin McIntyre who co-founded Ecovative. Ecovative is a start up focusing on optimizing revolutionary applications in materials science using fungi. From foams to faux meat, Ecovative is inching its way into a multitude industries with the goal of replacing toxic materials with regenerative materials from fungi and agricultural byproducts.  We talk about mycelium leather, composites, lab grown meat, 3D printing with fungi, and so much more.
Gavin McIntyre is the co-founder and Director of Business Development of Ecovative Design. He co-invented Ecovative's patented technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural byproducts into strong biological composite materials. Gavin received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has a number of utility patents to his name. Gavin originally led material and biological process development during the early period of company’s beginning in 2007— all in efforts to replace synthetic/problematic materials. He currently oversees technology licensing to extend the reach of Ecovative’s MycoComposite platforms globally, while fostering partnerships for the company’s new technologies.

Jul 30, 2019
Mushrooms in Shipping Containers with Tess Burzynski of Fungi Freights

Tess Burzynski is an inspiring female mycologist who started Fungi Freights, where she transforms shipping containers into mushroom research labs. Tess has done incredible work with bringing mycology to urban spaces and inspiring citizens to get involved. Tess works wonders when it comes to bridging the gap between mushrooms and people, and today we talk all about how she built these mini steel empires in Detroit, Michigan.  Tune in, shroom in, and get inspired by Tess's admirable and original contributions to mycology.
Tess Burzynski is the founder, head educator and cultivator at Fungi Freights Urban Lab and Environmental Studio. A Science degree graduate from Wayne State University, she works as an Environmental Scientist and continues doing research with Mycoremediation in the city of Detroit. She is a member of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club and the North American Mycological Association. Throughout her studies she has learned the impact mycelium plays in the environment and how beneficial, tenacious and magical it truly is. Through Fungi Freights, her goal is to reunite mushrooms and humankind by educating Detroit and its surrounding neighbors about the benefits mushrooms have on health, food scarcity and the environment.

Jul 23, 2019
Chemistry for Mycologists with Mandie Quark

This is a special interview with our friend Mandie Quark. Mandie has a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from an eclectic Honors College in Maryland and a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of the Sciences. She spent the first part of her career studying molecular biology in academia, with a healthy fascination of mycology on the side. For more than a decade she has worked as a biomedical research scientist in Philadelphia. She hung up her lab coat in 2018 to pursue a different career path where by day, she is a grant writer, and by night, is a mycologist for MushroomLife.

Jul 16, 2019
Mushroom Spagyrics & Mushroom Foraging with Michael Weese

Curious about what it takes to be a pro mushroom forager? And then what does one do with all of that fungal abundance? Our guest and good friend, Micheal Weese from MushroomLife is here to answer those questions. Micheal reveals some of his best kept secrets for foraging for mushrooms in the wild. We discuss wardrobe, equipment, mushroom identification, seasonal preparedness and more. With his partner Mandie Quark, also part of MushroomLife, they have documented some of North America's most unique and picture perfect fungi. With Michael's expertise in mycology and Mandie's expertise in chemistry, they create special products made from their bountiful mushroom hauls, a unique type of extract known as a spagyric. We dive into the theory and practice behind spagyrics and share personal experiences.
Michael Weese, entrepreneur and founder of MushroomLife, is a self-taught mycologist and fungal enthusiast in the Mid-Atlantic. A mushroom spagyric alchemist, cordyceps geneticist, and commercial mushroom forager. His life’s work involves being a teacher, guide, wild food purveyor, product developer, consultant, mushroom cultivator, photographer, permaculturist, ecologist, environmental steward, conservationist and friend to nearly all he meets.

Jul 02, 2019
Cordyceps & Reishi Genetics with Ryan Paul Gates

Today we welcome a mushroom legend, Ryan Paul Gates. Ryan is based in Detroit, where he spends his time working with mushroom genetics for strain development. He an OG for cordyceps militaris cultivation in US, and we owe a lot of that popularity to his work. Ryan is the owner of Terrestrial Fungi, a mycology company selling the best genetics you can get. Ryan's specialities are in cordyceps militaris and ganoderma species. Today we talk about how he self pioneered this work, some of his favorite stories and tips and tricks for growing fungi.

Jun 25, 2019
Commercial Button Mushroom Cultivation & Myco-Materials with William Goss

Today we welcome the mycologically eclectic William Goss. We go behind the scenes of large scale commercial mushroom farming, where we get valuable insight for understanding the process in its entirety. We discuss the equipment, the automation, the jaw-dropping quantities they produce and the mycology of optimizing button mushroom cultivation. We also talk about William's new gig working with reishi mycelium to create mushroom leathers, and the shift in application from mushroom production to mycelium production.
William Goss is a 29 year old mycophile residing in California. He has extensive experience in the plant and mushroom world and spent the last three years working at Monterey Mushrooms — one of the countries largest producers of gourmet agaricus bisporus, or portobello mushrooms. Presently William is a production team leader at Mycoworks, a mushroom material company specializing in mushroom mycelium leather in California. 

Jun 18, 2019
Interview with Eric Osborne of Mycomeditations

Today we talk with Eric Osborne. Eric holds a Master’s Degree in Education, is the first Indiana State Certified Wild Mushroom Expert, and is the founder of PLEDG, (Psychedelic Liberation Education Discipline and Guidance), a U.S. based non-profit for psychedelic research and education. And also the founder of MYCOMEDITATIONS a 100% legal psilocybin mushroom retreat center in Jamaica!

Jun 11, 2019
Cordyceps 101

Cordyceps is a genus of fungi, and while we specialize in the species we grow here at Mushroom Revival, cordyceps militaris, it's worth providing the 101 on these mushrooms. Cordyceps are our favorite mushrooms, and in the episode we will run through the many reasons why. 

May 14, 2019
Mycology 101

To quote Peter McCoy, mycology is a "neglected mega-science". We couldn't agree more here at Mushroom Revival, and in this episode we cover the basics of mycology to give you the springboard you need to cultivate this powerful knowledge. 

May 07, 2019