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26 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Peter McCoy. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Peter McCoy, often where they are interviewed.

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26 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Peter McCoy. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Peter McCoy, often where they are interviewed.

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Clip: What is mycelium actually made out of? - Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy answers the question - What is mycelium made out of?  Learn more from Peter: https://mycologos.world/

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Nov 25 2020 · 3mins
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Clip: Plants and Fungi form an Incredible Relationship - Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy discusses the incredible relationship between plants and fungi.  Learn more from Peter: https://mycologos.world/

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Nov 25 2020 · 5mins

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Full Show: Peter McCoy - Mycology |In Search of Soil #7

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One of the members of the soil ecology that is mentioned on a generalized note is fungi. Although we recognize their importance, there aren’t a lot of specifics tied to mycology—and that’s because there’s still a lot we don’t know about them.  As a branch of science, mycology is still relatively new and a lot less studied compared to other fields of study.

Today, we have mycologist Peter McCoy to shed some more light on fungi from a deeply mycological perspective.

Peter McCoy is a mycologist and mycology educator with 17 years of experience. Known for mushroom cultivation and mycological remediation, he authored Radical Mycology, a 650-page book of condensed knowledge about fungi. He also created Mycologos in response to the growing need for accessible mycological education.

Learn from Peter at https://mycologos.world/

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In this episode of In Search of Soil
  • How are mycelia faring in this day and age? (02:09)
    • Fungi are the first to come back from the most detriment (03:18)
  • 7% of CO2 are from humans and 85% comes from the soil (06:00)
    • Fungal respiration (07:06)
  • We’re living in the fungi and plants’ world (08:14)
    • The paradigm shift when studying fungi (09:13)
    • Tons of undiscovered science behind fungi (11:11)
  • Mycology: we don’t know what we don’t know yet (11:46)
    • Fungal mycology and human intersections with mycology (12:18)
    • We’re in the fourth era of the human-fungal history (13:13)
    • Mycology is a neglected mega science (15:25)
  • Where agriculture’s understanding of mycology is (16:02)
    • Mycology isn’t learned about (17:41)
    • Shifting the awareness about fungi (18:40)
    • Fungi in a culinary standpoint (19:58)
    • Fungi in an agricultural standpoint (20:33)
  • Fungal mycelium and their compounds may be the primary source of carbon in whole soil communities (22:22)
  • What exactly is mycelium made of? (27:35)
    • The fungal cell wall (28:36)
  • How readily viable is sloughed off fungi? (30:55)
  • If fungi pair up with plants, how much carbon is produced by the plants, and how much is produced by the fungi? (33:28)
  • What can a plant do if it’s been stripped off from its relationship with the microorganisms it’s dependent on? (38:18)
    • Plants have evolved to be entirely dependent on fungi (40:10)
  • Why some plants don’t form robust relationships with microorganisms (43:35)
    • The definition of a mycorrhiza (44:44)
    • Dark septate endophytes or DSEs (45:38)
  • Does crop rotation make sense in the perspective of plant-fungi relationships? (47:30)
  • Given a robust soil ecosystem, would fungal intervention suffice in keeping the harmful pathogens away from the plant? (54:43)
  • Withholding fertilizer application because the soil ecosystem fertilizes itself (58:23)
    • Trichoderma species of mold (01:00:57)
  • Assuming there isn’t good fungi in the soil, will the good fungi show up if you take care of your soil well enough? (01:03:36)
  • Are quickly made compost beneficial to developing fungi? (01:07:12)
    • What fungi do you need? (01:09:44)
  • What kind of fungi do you want to encourage to grow in the soil as much as possible? (01:13:33)
  • Putting in all stages of decomposition in your compost pile (01:19:02)
  • Is there any heat in fungal decomposition? (01:21:40)
  • Going about speeding up wood chip compost (01:24:02)
    • The go-to: garden giant mushroom (01:24:47)
  • The ideal temperature to speed up composting in a lab setting (01:26:45)
  • Optimum moisture for fungi (01:28:28)
  • Oxygen and decomposition: are there fungi that thrive in low oxygen? (01:30:02)
  • Are we adding fungal food when we add finished compost? (01:32:32)
  • Soil amendments that benefit fungi (01:34:20)
  • Growing mycology with community science (01:38:40)
  • Propagating resident fungi and re-inoculating (01:40:55)
  • Do compost teas make sense and are they really doing anything (01:45:21)
  • Propagation: the limiting factor is air agitation (01:47:48)
  • Stick to paying attention on keeping what’s above ground healthy (01:52:47)
    • Nature will find a way to put things in place where they belong (01:55:32)
    • Concentrate on bringing back as much diversity as possible (01:56:35)
  • A fungal perspective on biochar (01:57:00)
  • Mycologos, Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy (01:59:38)
  • Diego wraps up the episode with where to get in touch with Peter McCoy (02:03:28)
  • Accountability and intellectual honesty (01:05:20)
    • Anyone can make a mycological breakthrough tomorrow (02:07:33)
  • Arbuscular mycorrhiza: a mycological mindblower (02:08:31)
Nov 25 2020 · 2hr 13mins
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Clip: Problems Show Up in Unhealthy Soils - Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy discusses how pathogens tend to show up in unhealthy soils.  Learn more from Peter: https://mycologos.world/

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Nov 25 2020 · 7mins
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Clip: What is the fastest way to break down woodchips? - Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy takes on the challenge - how can you break down woodchips as fast as possible.  Learn more from Peter: https://mycologos.world/

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Nov 25 2020 · 8mins
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Clip: Fungi Store Huge Amounts of Carbon in the Soil - Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy discusses how fungi may be the primary source of carbon for whole soil communities.  Learn more from Peter: https://mycologos.world/

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Nov 25 2020 · 5mins
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Radical Mycology: The Future is Fungi with Peter McCoy - Ep. 79

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This week we speak with Peter McCoy, Founder of Mycologos [https://mycologos.world/pages/founder], the world's first mycology school, and Founder and Creative Director of Radical Mycology, a mushroom and fungi advocacy foundation. He and host Carry Kim discuss the grassroots movement and social philosophy behind using regenerative natural mushroom farming to promote ecological restoration and create food and medicines.

Fungi are everywhere—in soil and air, flowing waters, on and within plants and animals, in food and clothing, and in the human body. Humans have partnered with fungi since the first loaf of leavened bread was baked and the first tub of grape must was turned into wine. Ancient peoples put the ravages of fungi to work in agriculture.

Radical Mycology seeks to forge transformative relationships between humans and fungi, seeing lichens as indicators of environmental health, and understanding the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures. By symbiotically relating with fungi, we can engage in ecological restoration, myco-permaculture, mycoremediation after fire and oil spills, fermenting fungi for food, and promoting fungi medicines for the benefit of generations to come.

Peter McCoy is a mycology educator and farmer, author, and artist from Portland, Oregon. He is the visioneer behind the first annual Fungi Film Festival. In 2016, Peter published the book ‘Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi’ [https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Mycology-Treatise-Seeing-Working/dp/0986399604] detailing his nearly two decades of experience in promoting fungi for the health of people and the planet.

Radical Mycology Website: https://www.radicalmycology.com/

Podcast Website: http://ecojusticeradio.org/
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Interview by Carry Kim
Intro by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
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Oct 16 2020 · 59mins
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1.24 How To Transform Your Life Through Fungi, With Peter McCoy

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Our guest this week was the activist, educator, artist and innovative mycologist Peter McCoy.

Peter is the self published author of Radical Mycology (2016), a massively comprehensive and in depth look at fungi and its many contexts at multiple levels including agro ecology, bio remediation, medicine, food, cultivation and the various cultures surrounding fungi.

Seeing another unfulfilled global need, and within one year after his book release, Peter founded Mycologos, the worlds first dedicated school for all things mycology, and the next iteration of his mission to bring to light and share the amazing keystone ecological element of fungi.

For the last 17 years Peter has been an advocate and an educator for understand the significance of fungi and its connection to basically everything ecologically speaking, including us. His work has featured in numerous news and media outlets and documentaries.

Peter is also the lead mycologist at Mycocycle a Chicago based bio remediation firm, and an advisor to various other platforms.  With more and more people awakening to the importance of understanding and working in alignment with ecological processes and cycles, his passion for communication and going deep into the rabbit hole of this elusive world brings us into an ever closer relationship with the indefinable and infinitely complex intelligence within our global ecologies and nature itself. 

Peter also hosts; Radical Mycology, a blog site to showcase blogs, art and other eclectic content, and the radical mycology convergence, a physical culmination of several years of Peters first project into Mycology, a humble zine of the same name, made just for friends. Facebook page is HERE, and HERE. and a new film festival one HERE.

I really enjoyed this interview, and we covered a LOT of ground regarding fungi, and its many contexts, and of Peter's personal passions and insights in his journey.  We also deep dive into the utility of the learning of fungi as a tool for personal transformation. I have always thought of the fungal world as the element of communication and connection in whole ecologies, and rightly the keystone 'piece' of the whole because of it..  It was amazing to hear this echoed by someone so deeply immersed and learned in the subject.  

With Peter McCoy "immersed" is the word, he has that natural obsessive drive displayed by so many natural entrepreneurs, the drive to express and expand and develop a unique message to a wider and wider audience. The new entrepreneur whose goal and mission is to share and give.  Something Robert Kiyosaki calls "Spiritual Money"

Hope you stick around to hear the whole this.  If you dig what we do, your feedback will help me adapt to YOU. You can fill out a small and fun form HERE and let me know what you think.  

Jun 12 2020 · 2hr 7mins
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Radical Mycology with Peter McCoy

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Episode Highlights:

  • Roles of fungi and mycelium play in living ecosystems
  • Fungi evolved on land long before plants
  • How to manage partnerships with fungi and plants (gardens, orchards, food forests, etc)
  • Importance of mycorrhizal fungi 
    • Nutrient exchange
    • Connect plants to the wider forest ("The Wood Wide Web")
  • Utilizing fungal inoculants for specific garden types
  • Producing your own garden inoculants
  • Myco-remediation and how fungi can break down even the most toxic compounds

About Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy has been studying and working with fungi for twenty years, and teaching mushroom cultivation and applied mycology to people around the world for over a decade. His book, Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi has been praised as the most important and comprehensive text on fungal ecology, mushroom cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal mushrooms written to date, and one of the most significant contributions to advancing mycology in the 21st century. Peter's work is widely regarded as pioneering in the topics of applied mycology and his voice is one of the foremost in the less-explored fields of fungal evolution, fungal communication, and the history of fungi in human cultures.

 In 2017, Peter founded MYCOLOGOS, the world's first mycology school, to share his extensive knowledge through online courses and in-person training programs. A lover of the outdoors, Peter's work is a direct response to a life spent foraging in the fungi-rich Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Episode Highlights:

  • Roles of fungi and mycelium play in living ecosystems
  • Fungi evolved on land long before plants
  • How to manage partnerships with fungi and plants (gardens, orchards, food forests, etc)
  • Importance of mycorrhizal fungi 
    • Nutrient exchange
    • Connect plants to the wider forest ("The Wood Wide Web")
  • Utilizing fungal inoculants for specific garden types
  • Producing your own garden inoculants
  • Myco-remediation and how fungi can break down even the most toxic compounds

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Feb 13 2020 · 1hr 14mins
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Fungi Matters with Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy speaks for the fungi.

His mission is to increase awareness, appreciation and the practical use of all manner of mushroom and mycelia. Peter is a co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group, Radical Mycology. He is also the author of a book by the same name which I’ve found to be the most thorough, current, and inspiring mycological reference available.

For those of you new to the wonderful world of Fungi and regenerative agriculture, mycology is the study of fungi (mushrooms, lichens, molds, etc.) and is a fundamental element of building soil health and profitable regenerative systems.

Peter is in high demand -- appearing in publications, speaking, and recently starting the world’s first mycology school (Mycologos), dedicated to the practical arts and science of working with fungi and, after much fanfare, being successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Peter is well-versed in fungal impacts on agriculture systems on which this podcast episode focuses. His advocacy also covers ecological restoration, medical research, manufacturing, human nutrition, and more.

Actionable Information Within This Episode:

  • Why fungi should be considered a primary component in agricultural systems.

  • Types of fungi to know in farming and how to encourage them.

  • Utilizing fungal roles in the carbon cycle, soil aggregation, stability, and porosity.

  • Calcium syncing and phosphorous harvesting.

  • Myco-remediation techniques for neutralizing toxins.

  • Drought, heat and disease resilience and tolerance.

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Related Resources

Animation: Mycorrhizal Fungi in Action

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast: Eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizer with Kris Nichols

Good Life Revival Podcast: Permaculture, Rewilding, and Homesteading with Peter McCoy

Webinar: John Kempf on How Crops Benefit From Robust Soil Microbial Populations

Webinar: John Kempf on Changing Agronomy With Biology

Webinar: Capturing Residue to Build Soil Organic Matter

Organization: Open Source Ecology (Peter McCoy, Advisor)

Wikipedia: Mycology

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Oct 17 2018 · 50mins
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