Issue Date: December 4, 2006
Fungi To The Rescue
When Paul E. Stamets, the proprietor of gourmet and medicinal mushroom provider Fungi Perfecti, Olympia, Wash., bought an old farmhouse in the mid-1980s, he quickly discovered a homeowner's nightmare: A wood-digesting fungus known as an artist's conk had invaded the home and was destroying the floor. The fungus and the softened wood are favorite foods of some insect pests, and Stamets soon found his slumping house under attack by carpenter ants that left tiny . . .
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