Fungi Perfecti founder and president Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over 40 years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored several new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of mushroom cultivation.
Join this engaging speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, for an immersion lecture on mushrooms that will deepen your understanding and respect for the organisms that exists under every footstep you take on this path of life.
His presentation will cover a range of mushroom species and new research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and planet. Habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.
In recent years Paul has been researching how extracts from fungi may help honey bees combat dieases and pests, particularly the varroa mite. Varroa are a significant virus-carrying pest for honey bees and are linked to a phenomenon known as "colony collapse disorder". Research that Paul has done with Steve Sheppard, a biologist and head of the Department of Entomology at Washington State University shows great promise in reducing the effects of the varroa mite on honey bee health.
Paul is delivering a lecture at the B.C. Honey Producers Association Convention on Oct. 15. He will then give a public address that evening at the Pacific Gateway Hotel, starting at 7:30 p.m. There is a nominal ticket price of $10, with net proceeds going to the Boone Hodgson Wilkinson Trust Fund, the charitable research funding arm of the B.C. Honey Producers Assocition.