Author eats mushrooms sprouting from his own book about mushrooms

Biologist Merlin Sheldrake found a surprising way to promote his book entitled Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Future. He dampened a copy of the book and seeded it with spores, eating the oyster mushrooms that sprouted from its pages on camera.

Initially I was flattered that the fungus seemed to have consumed the book so eagerly, but on reflection I don’t think that I can take this as a vote of confidence,” Sheldrake admits, “But I think it’s still a reassuring sight. Given it’s the ultimate omnivore it would’ve been a bit bruising if the fungus hadn’t eaten the book at all. Anyway now it’s the fungus turn to get eaten.

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3 thoughts on “Author eats mushrooms sprouting from his own book about mushrooms”

  1. Mushrooms are one of my favorite things. Biologically, they are closer to insects than to plants. They contain a polysacharide derivative of glucose that is found in the exoskeleton of beetles, and don’t contain cellulose. Love the experiment and will look up the book.

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