Mushrooms are Natural Pesticides


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Photographer: Luokexi

Reference: Luokexi2, (2014), u [ONLINE]. Available at: [Accessed 9 August 2016].



Most commercial pesticides are harmful to human health as well as the natural environment. These pesticides contain harmful chemicals such as arsenic, benzene, ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, dioxins and glyphosate. These chemicals are harmful to people even in small amounts. Unfortunately these chemicals are in our conventionally produced food, and research shows that these chemicals badly effects our bodies.

Over the last decade we have had a massive decline in bee populations globally. Worldwide usage of pesticides not only effects the air but also the soil and water sources in the natural environment.

Fungus expert Paul Stamets is a leading-edge mycologist best known for announcing and spread the message of how mushrooms can save the world. Stamets was inspired to investigate after observing predatory insects such as termites and carpenter ants avoided certain fungus spores. During 2001, Stamets alternated the DNA of the fungus and modified it to a type of fungus that doesn’t need to reproduce sexually but asexually, meaning the fungus no longer needed to produced spores. This new-aged organism devours insects and also interacts with its own kind before it comes to the end of its short lived life. The fungus not only kills the insect but also grows a mushroom from its body and spreads spores that warn other insects to stay away from that area.

Stamets invention was a great success considering that it is effective on 200,000 different insect species.

A change to more organic pest-control strategies would benefit mankind, animal and plant life, and awesome mushroom pesticides is a good starting point.


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