Symbiotic Relationships

On Reishi and Symbiotic Relationships      Jan 21, 2012

We are very fortunate to have some extremely rare and endemic species of mushrooms here in the Northwestern United States, in particular Southern Oregon.  Known in China as the Tree of Life Mushroom and the Mushroom of Immortality in Japan, Reishi is considered the panacea polypore!  In Oregon, we have a naturalized Reishi called the Ganoderma oregonense, which was brought by the Japanese over a hundred years ago.  This cold-loving variety is unique, because typically Reishi grow in warmer climates and are found less frequently in temperate and sub-tropical regions, which is one reason why we are aiming to protect them.

The size of the mushroom fruits will be affected by the diameter and length of the log.  It is possible that the size of the fruit-body of the mushroom is also determined by the expansiveness of the Ecosystem itself. Furthermore, the larger intact ecosystems may produce larger mushrooms!  (These theories have been postulated by the author, and have not yet been proven. Though the mushroom specimen witnessed by our colleagues, have seemed to be shrinking over the past 5-10 years.)

What has been proven is that the more diversity of fungi present in an intact ecosystem, the stronger the forest is against blights, viruses and outbreaks.  In addition, when you combine 5 or more medicinal mushrooms (taken internally), a symbiotic reaction takes place, increasing the potency of the mushrooms medicinal constituents in the human body.  We can conclude from this scientific data, that the mushrooms behave in the ecosystem much the same way as they do in humans.  Furthermore, (this isn’t rocket-science) the health and vigor of the Earth’s ecosystems have a direct affect on human health and must be protected to continue life on this planet.

By Carrie Zoll

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