Mycology

Mycology

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Brainfood Mushrooms are proud to offer a selection of curated premium mycology supplies and laboratory grade mushroom genetics for home or commercial use. Our grow kits are a fun and educational way to learn as well as enjoy the fruits of your hobby. And if you want to discover more we offer various pre-prepared growing mediums, mushroom grow bags and specialized containers will get you growing efficiently.

Brainfood can also supply isolate mushroom spawn in bulk for your growing operation. Send us a message if you are interested in spawn on a large scale. Large spawn orders typically have a 4 week lead time. We can provide you with our tried & tested Agar, Liquid Culture, and growing medium formula’s, and exceptionally strong & isolated genetics chosen to meet your specific needs 

Getting the best results growing high quality mushrooms begins with strong genetics. Mushroom mycelium is a living organism. It grows by dividing cells. As with all living creatures, there is a limited number of cell divisions that can occur before the organism grows old, slows down, and then eventually dies. With fungi, this process of degeneration is called senescence. Brainfood carefully maintains our master cultures to retain its strength and purity. 

The next big contributor is the growing conditions. These include: humidity, temperature, air exchange, and the volume, nutrient quality and moisture content of the substrate. Using organic growing materials can also greatly effect the resulting quality and quantity.

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What Are the Origins Of Mycology?

Our relationship with fungi predates our relationship with agriculture. In Europe, hunter-gatherers ate mushrooms as early as 18,000 years ago, according to studies of plaque on ancient human teeth. Since then, we humans have used mushrooms in countless ways.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, organizations such as the Mycological Society of America and the British Mycological Society developed into a larger community of mycologists. 

Several successful mycological groups have emerged since then, including the North American Mycological Association, the International Mycological Association, and EUROFUNG, which have all released major research that has helped mycology expand around the globe.

What Are Mushrooms?

Fungi have a variety of traits in common. In the simplest form, fungi consist of eukaryotic cells, meaning they have a nucleus. These differences set them apart from prokaryote bacteria. Additionally, fungi have multicellular structures. This distinguishes them from eukaryotic bacteria.

Eukaryotic cells are also found in animals and plants. A fungus is unlike an animal in that it cannot move. As well, spores are used for reproduction instead of sexual reproduction. A fungus cannot produce its own food through photosynthesis as a plant can. Instead, mushrooms consume food from the environment using decomposition.

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Entheogenic Mushrooms 

Certain species of fungi contain the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin. You can find these species of mushrooms all over the world. It was around 7000-9000 years ago that humans first used these mushrooms.

Researchers are now spending a lot of time studying these potent mushrooms. People suffering from addiction and depression can benefit from psilocybin, according to emerging evidence. Medicinal mushrooms may become more widely accepted in the not-so-distant future.

Mushroom Supplements 

The mushroom supplement industry is on the rise. There is an increasing role for mycology in preventing and treating diseases like cancer, neural diseases, anxiety and depression, and mental health. Researchers are studying different fungi species for their health benefits, including shiitake, lion’s mane, cordyceps, chaga, and reishi mushrooms.  

What are some areas of Mycology?

Edible Mushrooms 

An increasing number of people are eating plant-based diets. As a result, the demand for mushrooms is flourishing. Outside of a few species, however, most edible fungi must be harvested from the wild. In addition to tasting great, mushrooms are also extremely healthy. 

Adding mushrooms to your diet can help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, lower inflammation, and even fend off cancer.

Medical Mycology 

Our longevity is directly attributed to fungi, which have played a key role in extending the human lifespan. Human history has changed dramatically since 1928 when penicillin was discovered. 

Penicillin interferes with the enzyme responsible for producing bacterial cell walls. Bacteria that cause disease are killed because of this distraction. Due to penicillin, antibiotics were revolutionized.

Fungi Pathology

Plant diseases are primarily caused by fungi. The fungi responsible for these illnesses do so in a host of ways. Plants may become infested by fungi through their leaves, bark, or roots. 

Fungi can lead to the destruction of entire crops around the world, which can be extremely costly. Crops such as rice, corn, cereals, bananas, tomatoes, cotton, and many more comprise this list. This is a serious problem, so it is not surprising that many mycologists concentrate on plant pathology.

*Disclaimer: The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by licensed medical physicians. Please consult your doctor or health practitioner for any medical advice.

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