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February 2016 General Meeting

Monday, February 8th, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Guest Speaker: Paul Stamets - 
Could a Mushroom Save the Honeybee?

NOTE:This meeting is free to SCBA members. A suggested donation of $5 per person will be requested of all non-member visitors. 100% of these donations will be given to Paul Stamets' non-profit group to help save the endangered old growth forests in Washington.

SCBA is honored to host Paul Stamets, a dedicated mycologist for over 40 years who believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds. Paul sees the ancient Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest as a resource of incalculable value, especially in terms of its fungal genome. A dedicated hiker and explorer, his passion is to preserve, protect, and clone as many ancestral strains of mushrooms as possible from these pristine woodlands.

The self-taught mycologist said he noticed a relationship between honeybees and mushrooms when he observed bees sipping on sugar-rich fungal roots growing in his backyard. “I looked down, and they were sucking on my mycelium,” Stamets said. Now he thinks he knows why. In recent years, his research has shown that rare fungi found in the old-growth forests of Western Washington can help fight viruses, including tuberculosis, smallpox and bird flu. He wondered if the honeybee would see similar health benefits from wood-rotting mushrooms.  “Bees have immune systems, just like we do,” he said. “These mushrooms are like miniature pharmaceutical factories.” Initial findings suggest that five species of the wood-rotting fungi can reduce the honeybees’ viruses and increase their lifespans.

Website: Paul Stamets' Website

TED Talk: Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World

6 pm: Social Hour & 'Ask an Expert' time
7 pm: Announcements
7:15 Guest Speaker

Location: 4H Center, 6445 Commerce Boulevard, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (Behind 24Hour Fitness and across from Safeway)  Directions