Entries by Vattamány Ágnes

What happens to your body when you eat mushrooms

There are so many different types of mushrooms. A member of the fungi family, and a vegetarian staple that can be incorporated into a vast assortment of dishes, it only makes sense that there’s a wide variety of reactions your body can have while eating a savory fungus. For the most part, mushrooms are an […]

Common fungus eliminates toxic mercury from soil and water

A University of Maryland researcher and colleagues found that the fungus Metarhizium robertsii removes mercury from the soil around plant roots, and from fresh and saltwater. The researchers also genetically engineered the fungus to amplify its mercury detoxifying effects. Mercury pollution of soil and water is a worldwide threat to public health. This new work […]

Fungi can break down tough plastic in 140 days

Almost a third of the world’s plastic waste is polypropylene, a hardy plastic used to make bottle caps and food containers that can take hundreds of years to degrade. But now, scientists have harnessed two strains of fungi found in soils to break down lab samples of polypropylene in just 140 days. The two fungi, […]

Fungi stores carbon from fossil fuel emissions

Researchers are now calling for fungi to be considered more heavily in conservation and biodiversity policies, and are investigating whether we can increase how much carbon the soil underneath us can hold The vast underground network of fungi beneath our feet stores over 13 gigatons of carbon around the world, roughly equivalent to 36 per […]

New fire-proof material made from fungus could save your home

The new mycelium material is not harmful to the environment when burned. RMIT scientists have used mycelium fungus as the foundation for sustainable fireproofing materials by chemically manipulating its composition to harness its fire-retardant qualities. Better yet, the material can be grown from renewable organic waste. This is according to a press release by the […]

Biodegradable bodyboards made from mushrooms

The Magical Mushroom Company wants to produce bodyboards from mushrooms and hemp scraps. New boards that would reduce the impact of entry-level products used in large numbers on beaches. Bodyboards and magic mushrooms British company Magical Mushroom Company, or MMC, is working on a new way of making bodyboarding boards, using mushroom mycelium. Founded in […]

Lion’s Mane mushroom is the key to next go-to vegan steak

Occasionally, even vegans and vegetarians crave the robust heartiness of a classic steak. Here enters lion’s mane mushroom. We know what you’re thinking, there’s no way a mushroom can mimic the gusto of a real steak — but don’t knock it until you try it. This captivating fungus is a large, globe-shaped cluster with sprawling […]


Chinese rice pilaf

Chinese rice pilaf Ingredients: 100 g shiitake mushrooms 200 g cooked rice soy sauce, ground ginger fresh coriander oil, salt and pepper Preparation: Slice the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, then fry. Add the soy sauce and ground ginger, then stir in the cooked rice. A one-minute meal that’s perfect for using up leftovers.


Vegan Portobello salad

Vegan Portobello salad Ingredients: 4 Portobello mushrooms 1 lettuce 2 bell peppers sweet balsamic vinegar garlic coriander oil, salt and pepper Preparation: Remove the stem from the Portobello mushrooms then cut into slices the thickness of two fingers. Brush the mushroom slices with a marinade made from oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and coriander, then fry […]