I just heard something about how FP products might start popping up on store shelves in the next few weeks. It sounds like FP is past the gub'mint hurdles. And it sounds like demands from stores is pretty big.
Seems your right.... They have some new stuff coming out, and should appear in stores soon.
For direct contact info, check out their website -
[center]NEW FROM FUNGI PERFECTI[/center] Our New Catalog is Here! Fungi Perfecti's Fall 2009–Summer 2010 catalog is now available! We've added a bunch of new products, including our long-awaited Host Defense® line of U.S. grown, Certified Organic mushroom products. We also have new truffle products, new mushroom gifts, books and dvds, and more.
Call us toll-free at (800) 780-9126 for a free copy of our catalog, or request one online. Customers with high-speed internet can also download a copy of our catalog in Adobe Acrobat format (size approximately 27 MB). http://www.fungi.com/
There are lots of different types of fungi, that live in a variety of environments. Some fungi will grow in different ways depending on their environment. There are molds, yeasts, fungi that form symbionts with algae to form lichens, etc. Making general statements about ALL fungi is pretty difficult.
Most of the mushroom species that are grown by people are saprophytes, or decomposers. Their mycelium grows in wood and leaf debris. There are other mushrooms that live in symbiotic harmony with trees, such as truffles and boletes, that feed the roots of the trees and receive nourishment in return. Other mushrooms, like the Honey Mushroom, and Reishi mushrooms are considered parasitic by some authorities but not by others.
All of these types of mushrooms have mycelial networks to some extent - the Honey Mushroom has the most wide ranging, and largest such networks known, in some cases literally stretching miles.
Our understanding of these networks is at a very primitive stage. Do the various species talk to each other? Do they talk to the trees? What do they say to each other?
What we do know is that modern agriculture, with its emphasis on plowing and tilling destroys these networks and also destroys the fertility and water-holding capacity of the soil.
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