Volume 84 Issue 49 | pp. 82-83
Issue Date: December 4, 2006

Fungi To The Rescue

Biopesticide derived from mold has promise as a greener method for eradicating insect pests
Department: Science & Technology

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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