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Loxley Clovis wrote:"The chair’s sinuous curves look organic, but were all painstakingly specified with CAD software and 3-D printed as hollow skins using a corn-based bioplastic. Pellets made from straw filled the cavities and a starter solution of liquified spores was fed into the construct. Over a period of five days the eukaroytes fed off the nutrients in the straw and infiltrated the tiny gaps between the straw pellets and plastic skin, acting like an organic glue that bound the chair together and transformed a flimsy husk into a sturdy household item. Tiny perforations in the surface gave way and allowed mushrooms to sprout, creating an unplanned organic upholstery. ...
Klarenbeek imagines a future where everything from our homes to our furnishings could be manufactured locally and sustainably—using mushrooms. 'We can 3-D print both the house, insulating structure and its skin at once,' he says. 'By combining 3-D printing and mycelium, the applications are endless.'" - No Shiitake, This Chair Is Made of Mushrooms, by Joseph Flaherty, Wired.com, 9:30 AM, 12.03.13.

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Found this very weird thing growing in my school garden. Never saw anything like it in the past ten years. Any idea what it is? What kind? It looks like a potatoe but it’s not one. It was growing up out of the ground not underneath
 
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That one looks like some kind of puffball to me.  I bet if you broke open the bulbous part of it, you'd find a powdery cloud of spores.  Before they mature the inside is sort of like marshmallow in texture, but as it gets mature, the spores loosen and are easily made airborne.  Probably best to mess with it outside. :)
 
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So my personal discovery of this fungus blew my mind nearly as much as listening to Joe Rogan interviewing paul stamets did:
"The Aztecs intentionally inoculated their corn with [Huitlacoche, (Ustilago maydis)] spores by scratching the base of corn stalk with a soil-smeared knife. The fungus can live up to three years in the soil. The intentional infection is usually manifests itself ten days to two weeks later." -Deane, Corn Smut, Mexican Truffles, EatTheWeeds.com
I love the re-branding effort to "Mexican Truffle"! Seriously, who's going to eat "corn smut"? LOLl! No wonder it's not widely known outside of indigenous Aztec circles.
Three sisters you say? Maybe it was actually four sisters!!!
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I want to eat these but I'm afraid I'll die. They're growing in a park near my house, similar diameter to a dime or nickel.
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Sarah Koster wrote:I want to eat these but I'm afraid I'll die.


Find a local mycology group (peer review!) that you can go on walks with & collectively identify local edible, medicinal, & poisonous fungi together.
If you're not 100% sure of the identification, do not consume... ever.
 
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