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Mushroom maven to speak at UH Hilo

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Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

An internationally known expert on mushroom cultivation will speak on mycological miracles on Monday, August 1, at 7 p.m. in the University of Hawaii at Hilo UCB 100. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

Paul Stamets’ talk is titled “How Mushrooms Can Save the World.” His lecture will include information on new and exciting anti-viral compounds isolated from specific mushrooms and manipulation of the vitamin content of mushrooms by varying the culture conditions.

“Paul Stamets is very colorful and a dynamic speaker,” said Dr. Don Hemmes, professor of biology and chair of the Natural Sciences Division at UH Hilo. “He is a guru when it comes to mushroom cultivation. He is also a recognized expert on cultivation methods that maximize the vitamin content in mushrooms, especially Vitamin D, which is important in regulating calcium and phosphorous levels in the body.”

Stamets is author of a number of books on how to grow mushrooms commercially, including The Mushroom Cultivator with J. S. Chilton and Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms, as well as a spellbinding scientific treatise entitled Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, that includes his experiences with hallucinogenic or “magic mushrooms.” His book Mycelium Running will be available this fall and has already received rave reviews from international scientists.

Stamets’ lecture is part of a weeklong conference between the Mycological Society of America and Mycological Society of Japan on the UH Hilo campus. Over 400 mycologists from 27 countries will be in attendance. Following the lecture, the public is invited to the UH Hilo New Gymnasium to view 150 posters on various aspects of mushroom biology and demonstrations on mushroom culture.

For more information, call Hemmes at 974-7383, or e-mail

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