Turkey tail mushrooms help immune system fight cancer

Paul Stamets–the mycologist author of the article below–is one of those people who make my world go ‘round.  He’s introduced many to the wonders of mushrooms, organisms evolutionarily closer to us than to plants and that have all sorts of fascinating ecological patterns.  For instance, there’s one fungi system known to be around 1500 acres in size near Mount Adams in Washington and it’s not even the largest known.

There are many species of mushrooms (it’s estimated we only know 10% of the ones in existence–all the more reason to stop the loggers from decimating our ancient forests), with correspondingly varying nutritional qualities, including the ability to help fight against cancer.

Read more here:

Sarcochilus weinthalii and its mycorrhizal partner. a The orchid in flower at Main Range National Park, bar = 3 cm. b Pelotons (arrows) in the root of the orchid, bar = 100 μm. c Isolated peloton growing in culture—note the right angle branching of hyphae, bar = 150 μm. d Monilioid cells produced from the Ceratobasidium isolate, bar = 50 μm

The rare Australian epiphytic orchid Sarcochilus weinthalii associates with a single species of Ceratobasidium

Rachel Roseanne Graham and John David William Dearnaley

Fungal Diversity May 2012, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 31-37


tukey tail fungus found on a walk. Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor. versicolor meaning ‘of many colours’. personally i dont remember the lain names for fungus mainly because i dont know the pronunciation and my memory has problems remembering words it hasnt heard phonetically. it also helps if the name is self explanatory so i should be able to retain versicolor now i know the meaning of the word.

turkey tail is one of my favorite fungi because of its amazing colors. these guys i think were actually dead as they were rock hard but the trunk was lying in water so i think thats how they have retained most of their vibrancy.