Last summer I came across Paul Stamets TED lecture "6 ways mushrooms can save the world." To say the least, I found the lecture fascinating and immediately started working on several projects centered around fungi. These projects have and continue to involve the following: growing oyster mushrooms, mycorrhizal plant associations, composting with Hypsizygus ulimarius, mushroom/garden companion planting, and various other mushroom growing techniques. I will be posting some of these experiments in the future.
Stamets company is Fungi Perfecti and can be found at this website: www.fungi.com/index.htmlFungi Perfecti is an extremely interesting company centering around growing and using fungi for very practical applications. A lot of what they do is very cutting edge.
I have also read two of Stamets books: "Mycelium Running" and "Growing Gormet and Medicinal Mushrooms". Both of these are great books for learning about fungi and their practical applications in nature, agriculture, health, and economics. They really opened my eyes up to a lot of basic but very meaningful experiments the average non-scientist could do. There seems to be a lot of potential for non-scientists to contribute significant information to the scientific world.
Here is the video of Paul Stamets TED lecture "6 ways mushrooms can save the world". This lecture is largely based off of his book "Mycelium Running".