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Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanácatl : A Sourcebook on the Psilocybin Mushroom
by Ph.D., Ralph Metzner

Applied Mycology and Biotechnology: Fungal Genomics (Applied Mycology and Biotechnology Series
by Dilip K. Arora, George G. Khachatourians
The purpose of this volume is to highlight wide-ranging applications of genomics in the area of applied mycology and biotechnology.
The volume covers: a brief overview on fungal genomics; meiotic recombination in fungi; molecular genetics of circadian rhythms; genome sequencing; transposable elements; mitochondrial genomes; ribosome biogenesis; pathogenicity genes; genetic improvement of yeasts; microarrays: techniques and applications; fungal germplasm and data bases. Although it is difficult to develop a comprehensive volume on fungal genomics because of the range and complexity of the emerging knowledge, an attempt has been made to bring together pertinent information that will serve the needs of the reader, provide a quick reference to material that might otherwise be difficult to locate, and furnish a starting point for further study.

Teonanácatl: Sacred Mushroom of Visions
by Ralph Metzner
Teonanácatl was the name given to the visionary mushrooms of indigenous Mesoamerica by the Aztecs, who used them in shamanic religious ceremonies for healing and divination. Condemned by the Catholic church and driven underground, the mushroom cult re-appeared in mainstream Western culture through an article in LIFE magazine in 1957 by the legendary ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson, who wrote about his participation in a mushroom ceremony with a Mazatec sage woman healer named Maria Sabina. The psychoactive principle of the visionary mushroom was identified as psilocybin by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. Psilocybin has been used as an adjunct as an adjunct to psychotherapy, prisoner rehabilitation, enhancement of creativity, and catalyst for mystical experience; and is presently being studied as a treatment for OCD. The use of the mushroom, both wild and cultivated, spread from Mexico into North America and Europe, by seekers of consciousness expanding experiences - whether for self-understanding, spiritual exploration, creative inspiration or recreational hedonism. A worldwide mushroom culture was born that, like ayahuasca and other plant-based entheogens, still exerts, to this day, a hidden but profound influence in the worldwide renewal of a spiritual relationship with the natural world.

by Roy Watling
A fascinating look inside nature's fifth kingdom
Fungi are a distinct kingdom, separate from the plants and animals, bacteria and protists. They are ever-present—we inhale them with almost every breath—and without them the recycling of the Earth's nutrients would be impossible. Yet despite their ubiquitous nature, they are poorly understood. Roy Watling sheds new light on these amazing creatures, explaining why they are so unique and how they live their lives. 100 color photographs.

The Complete Mushroom Book : Savory Recipes and Field Guide
by Antonio Carluccio
There are not many people who can claim to have been collecting, cooking, and devising recipes for mushrooms for more than sixty years, but Antonio Carluccio is one of them. Carluccio's interest in mushrooms-his mycological education-began at the age of seven when he went on mushroom hunts with his father and has culminated in his Neal Street Restaurant in London.
Today, mushrooms are more popular then ever. Chefs everywhere use these delectable morsels to provide a powerful punch of flavor, without adding many calories or fat. The book begins with a complete field guide, in which forty species are identified with photos. To ensure safety, poisonous look-alike species are also meticulously documented. Then comes a veritable feast of more than 150 mushroom recipes-from classic Italian preparations to Asian-inspired creations and contemporary dishes. Mouthwatering photos accompany each recipe and evoke the earthy sensuality that only mushrooms can bring to the table. In The Complete Mushroom Book, Antonio Carluccio shares the excitement of the hunt and a lifetime of expertise in the kitchen with a new generation of enthusiasts eager to reap the pleasures of cooking with mushrooms.

Magic Mushrooms
by Peter Stafford
There are more than 100 "entheogenic" fungi known to stimulate ecstatic states in those who use them. In this provocative guide, Peter Stafford probes the history of these ancient, popular - and misunderstood - natural psychoactive substances. The most famous of the fungi are here, including the psilocybin variety, along with more esoteric mushrooms such as fly agaric, panther caps, and soma. This handbook includes photographs, illustrations, charts, tables, and chapters on the history, botany, chemistry, mental and physical effects, and preparation of magic mushrooms.

Fungal Morphogenesis (Developmental and Cell Biology Series)
by David Moore
Fungal Morphogenesis brings together in one book, for the first time, the full scope of fungal developmental biology. It provides a coherent account of the subject and puts forward ideas that can provide the basis of future research. Throughout, the author blends together physiological, biochemical, structural and molecular descriptions within an evolutionary framework. Sufficient information is provided about fungal biology to give the reader a rounded view of the mycological context within which fungal morphogenesis is played out, without obscuring the broader biological significance. Readers with a background in basic biology should not need to bring any other knowledge with them, nor should it be necessary to refer elsewhere, in order to appreciate fungal morphogenesis. Written by one of the few people with the necessary breadth of research expertise to deal authoritatively with the wide range of topics, this book will appeal to developmental and cell biologists, microbiologists, and geneticists.

Fungal Populations and Species
by John Burnett
The population genetics and speciation of fungi is a rapidly developing field, heavily dependent upon the use of molecular markers. This text describes the methodologies employed in this area and, for the benefit of the non-mycological reader, a brief introduction to basic fungal biology. Recent findings relating to processes in fungal populations - mutation, migration, recombination, heterokaryosis, hybridization, polyploidy and the operation of selective forces are combined with traditional fungal biology. Finally the taxonomic problems raised by fungal species are discussed, together with the processes of speciation.

Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists
by Nicholas P. Money
This book offers a fascinating closeup of some of the author's favorite fungi, including mushrooms, molds, rusts, and aquatic species. While it is intended for a general audience, a basic knowledge of biology will help readers follow some of the intricate fungal life cycles and physiology presented here. Money (botany, Miami Univ.) keeps things interesting by relating the economic, medical, and ecological importance of mushrooms, molds, and other fungi, as well as their strangeness from our human perspective. His practically nonstop humor is irreverent and offbeat, which makes for some lively reading.

Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
by Clark Heinrich
An illustrated foray into the hidden truth about the use of psychoactive mushrooms to connect with the divine. Rejecting arguments that the elusive philosophers' stone of alchemy and the Hindu elixir of life were mere legend, Clark Heinrich provides a strong case that Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric mushroom, played this role in world religious history. Working under the assumption that this "magic mushroom" was the mysterious food and drink of the gods, Heinrich traces its use in Vedic and Puranic religion, illustrating how ancient cultures used the powerful psychedelic in esoteric rituals meant to bring them into direct contact with the divine. He then shows how the same mushroom symbols found in Hindu scriptures correspond perfectly to the symbols of ancient Judaism, Christianity, the Grail myths, and alchemy, arguing that miraculous stories as disparate as the burning bush of Moses and the raising of Lazarus from the dead can be easily explained by the use of this strange and powerful mushroom. While acknowledging the speculative nature of his work, Heinrich concludes that in many religious cultures and traditions the fly agaric mushroom-and in some cases ergot or psilocybin mushrooms-had a fundamental influence in teaching humans about the nature of God. His insightful book truly brings new light to the religious history of humanity.

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