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. He received the 1998 "Bioneers Award" from The Collective Heritage Institute, and the 1999 "Founder of a New Northwest Award" from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine's Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation's E-chievement Awards. He was also named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in their November–December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President's Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Habitat Restoration. In January of 2014, Paul received the highly acclaimed NAMA (North American Mycological Association) award for expanding the field of mycology for both amateurs and professionals. In 2014, Paul was chosen to be an "Invention Ambassador" by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest and most prestigious scientific organization in the world.
He has written six books on mushroom cultivation, use and identification; his books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (coauthor) have long been hailed as the definitive texts of mushroom cultivation. Other works by Paul Stamets include Psilocybe Mushrooms and Their Allies (out of print), Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World,MycoMedicinals®: an Informational Treatise on Mushrooms, and many articles and scholarly papers. His newest book is Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World.
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 this pristine woodlands. Much of the financial resources generated from sales of goods from Fungi Perfecti are returned to sponsor such research.
"The time to act is now. Waiting for science and society to wake up to the importance of these ancient Old Growth fungi is perilously slow and narrow in vision. The meager attempts thus far may be too little, too late. Unless we collectively pool our resources, the mushroom genome will become increasingly threatened, and therefore, our very existence may be at stake. The loss of these keystone organisms should be an ecological call-to-arms for all concerned about our children's future and the future of this planet.
"The rainforests of the Pacific Northwest may harbor mushroom species with profound medicinal properties. At the current rates of extinctions, this last refuge of the mushroom genome should be at the top of the list of priorities for mycologists, environmentalists and government. If I can help advance this knowledge, I will have done my part to protect life on this planet. And yet, if it were not for our customer's contributions, with our limited finances, this goal could not be achieved."
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2012 Doctor of Science (Hon.)
The National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Or.
1980–1984 Post-graduate studies, Microbiology and Electron Microscopy
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
1976–1979 B.Sc. Degree, Taxonomy
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
1974–1975 Undergraduate Studies
Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
1969–1973 Preparatory School
The Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
Founder, Sole Owner, Managing Director: Fungi Perfecti, LLC
Founder, Managing Director: Agarikon Press
Founder, Managing Director: The Life Box Company
Founder, Sole Owner, Managing Director: Mycopesticide, LLC
Adjunct Professor: The Evergreen State College
Advisory Board, OA Alternative Medicine, Open Access Publishing, London, UK
Advisory Board Member of the American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas
Editorial Board, The International Journal on Medicinal Mushrooms, Begell House, New York, NY; Mushroom, the Journal, Moscow, ID.
Peer Reviewer, The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Begell House, New York, NY; Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM, Oxford University Press), Oxford, U.K.; Herbalgram, The American Botanical Council, Austin, TX.
Advisor to the Program for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson, AZ.
Taylor, A., A. Flatt, M. Beutel, M. Wolff, K. Brownson, P. Stamets. 2014. “Removal of Escherichia coli from synthetic stormwater using mycofiltration.” Ecological Engineering. (in press).
Taylor, A. & Stamets, P. 2014. “Implementing Fungal Cultivation in Biofiltration Systems–The Past, Present, and Future of Mycofiltration” National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations–2013. USDA, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fort Collins, CO. (in press).
Hwang, C.H., B.U. Jaki, L.L. Klein, D.C. Lankin, J. McAlpine, J.G. Napolitano, S.G. Franzblau, S.H. Cho, P.E. Stamets, G.F. Pauli, 2013. “Biological and chemical evaluation of anti-TB coumarins from the polypore mushroom, Fomitopsis officinalis” J. Nat. Prod. 2013, 76, 1916−1922
, M. Beutel, A. Taylor, A. Flatt, M. Wolff, K. Brownson. 2013. “Mycofiltration biotechnology for pathogen management: SBIR Phase I research results for ‘comprehensive assessment of mycofiltration biotechnology to remove pathogens from urban stormwater.’” Olympia, WA. 2013
Abrams, D.I., P. Couey, S.B. Shade, & F. Aweeka & P. Stamets. 2011. “Antihyperlipidemic effects of Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushrooms) in HIV-infected individuals with antiretroviral-induced hypercholesterolemia.” University of California, San Francisco, Aids Research Institute, The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, San Francisco. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:60 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-60.
& G. A. Plotnikoff. 2005. “Anti-Cancer Medicinal Mushrooms Can Provide Significant Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol).” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol.3, p. 471– 472.
. 2005. “Antipox properties of Fomitopsis officinalis (Vill.:Fr.) Bondartsev et Singer (Agarikon) from the Pacific Northwest of North America.” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol. 7, p. 495–506.
. 2005. “Medicinal polypores indigenous to the Pacific Northwest old growth forests of North America: Screening for Novel Antiviral Activity.” Acta Edulis Fungi: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products, p. 431–439. 8–12 April, Shanghai.
. 2005. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. Ten Speed Press., Berkeley, CA.
. 2005. “Notes on nutritional properties of culinary-medicinal mushrooms.” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol. 7, p. 109–116.
. 2003. “Potentiation of cell-mediated host defense using fruitbodies and mycelia of medicinal mushrooms.” International Journal of Medicinal Mushroom, vol. 5, no. 2, p. 179–192.
. 2003. “Medicinal mushrooms as allies for preventive medicine & alternative therapies; potentiation of cell mediated host defense using medicinal mushrooms & mycelia.” Alternative Complementary Therapies, Proceedings of the Ecological Medicine Conference, Seattle, March 28, 2003.
. 2002. “The Noble Polypore (Bridgeoporus nobilissimus): An ancient mushroom of many mysteries.” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 355–358.
, Wasser, S.P., M. Y. Didukh, A. de Meijer, M.L.A. de A. Amazonas, E. Nevo, & A.F. da Eira. 2002. “Is a widely cultivated culinary-medicinal Royal Sun Agaricus (the Himematsutake mushroom) indeed Agaricus blazei Murrill ?” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol. 4, p. 267–290.
. 2002. “Novel antimicrobials from mushrooms.” Herbalgram 54: p. 29–33.
. & D. Sumerlin. 2001. “Mycorestoration: A novel approach for the bio-transformation of logging roads.” Mushroom, the Journal, Fall.
. 2001. “Portobello and crimini inventions are paying off, so watch for 'blanco bellos'.” Mushroom, the Journal, Summer, p. 5–8.
. 2001. “A novel approach to farm waste management.” Mushroom, the Journal, Spring, p. 21–22.
. 2001. “The ancient polypore: Bridgeoporus nobilissimus, a mushroom of many mysteries.” Herbalgram 51: p. 25–26.
. 2001. “Novel anti-virals from mushrooms.” Herbalgram 51: p. 24, 27.
. 2001. “Mycoremediation: helping the ecosystem through mushroom cultivation.” Trimtab: Bulletin of the Buckminister Fuller Institute, vol. 14; no. 1, Winter, p. 1–2.
. 2000. “Techniques for the Cultivation of the Royal Sun Agaricus, Agaricus blazei Murrill Himematsutake on Compost and Wood Substrates.” International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, vol. 2, p. 151–160.
Thomas, S.A., P. Becker, M.R. Pinza, J.Q. Word & P. Stamets, 1999. “Mycoremediation: a method for test to pilot scale application.” Phytoremediation and innovative strategies for specialized remedial applications. The Fifth International In Situ and On-site Bioremediation Symposium. Battelle Press, Columbus, OH.
& D. Yao. 1999, 2002. MycoMedicinals: An Informational Booklet on the Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms. Mycomedia Productions, Fungi Perfecti, Olympia, WA.
. 1999. Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
. 1999. “Earth’s natural internet.” Whole Earth Review, Fall, p. 74–77.
Guzman, G., F. Tapia & P. Stamets, 1997. “A new bluing Psilocybe from U.S.A.” Mycotaxon 7:373–376.
. & J. Gartz, 1995. “A new caerulescent Psilocybe from the Pacific Coast of northwestern North America.” Mycotaxon 11: 476–484.
. 1993. “Permaculture with a mycological twist.” Mushroom, the Journal 40, vol. 11: 3. p. 5–7.
. 1993. “Mycofiltration of gray water run-off utilizing Stropharia rugoso-annulata, a white rot fungus.” Research Project awarded a grant by the Mason County Water Conservation District. Shelton, Washington.
. 1993, 2000. Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
. 1990. “Potential uses of saprophytic fungi in the recycling of wood wastes from the forest environment.” Special Forest Products Conference. Portland, Oregon.
. 1990. “A discussion on the cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum (Curtis:Fr.) Kar., the Reishi or Ling Zhi, mushroom of immortality.” McIlvainea 9 (2): 40–50.
. 1989. “How to grow mushrooms: a simplified overview of mushroom cultivation strategies.” Shiitake News: 6: 1, p. 11–13.
& Chilton, J. 1983. The Mushroom Cultivator. Agarikon Press, Olympia, WA.
. M.W. Beug, & G. Guzman, 1980. “A new species and a new variety of Psilocybe from North America.” Mycotaxon 11: 476–484.
. 1978. Psilocybe Mushrooms & Their Allies. Homestead Book Co., Seattle, WA.
, P. 2014. U.S. Patent # 8,753,656. “Compositions for controlling disease vectors from insects and arthropods using preconidial mycelium and extracts of preconidial mycelium from entomopathogenic fungi.” June, 2014.
, 2013. U.S. Patent # 8,501,207. Mycoattractants and Mycopesticides. (Entomopathogenic fungi, prior to sporulation to control, infect and kill insects (without limitation to species).
, 2011. U.S. Patent # 7,951,389. Mycoattractants & Mycopesticides
, 2011. U.S. Patent # 7,951,388. Mycoattractants & Mycopesticides: Extracts of entomopathogenic fungi, prior to sporulation to control, infect and kill insects (without limitation).”
, Weil, A., Chen, C., 2009. U.S. Patent # 7,575,764. “Compositions comprising Hypsizygus ulmarius extract.” August 18, 2009.
, 2006. U.S. Patent # 7,122,176. “Using the mycelium of entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium (Cordyceps) and Beauveria, prior to sporulation, to attract all social insects, (~ 200,000+). October 17, 2006.
, 2003. U.S. Patent # 6,660,290. “Using the mycelium of entomopathogenic fungi Metharhizium (Cordyceps) and Beauveria, prior to sporulation, to attract and kill termites, fire ants and carpenter ants.” December 9, 2003.
Stamets, P., 2014. U.S. Patent Application 61/967,117: “Integrative fungal solutions for protecting bees and overcoming Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD): methods and compositions.”
, 2010. U.S Patent Application # 61/399,704. “Salt water soaking treatment (“sws”) of substrates for mycelial colonization and the use of ‘mycobooms’ for mitigating pollution.” Filed July 16, 2010.
, 2008. U.S. Patent Application # 12/214,934. “ Delivery Systems for Mycotechnologies, Mycofiltration, and Mycoremediation.” Filed June 24, 2008.
, 2007. U.S. Patent Application # 11/899,526. “Living Systems from Cardboard Packaging Materials.” Filed September 6, 2007.
AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & NOTABLE APPEARANCES
|2014||Notable Appearance: SCIFOO Conference|
|2014||AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington D.C.
|2014||National Award for Contributions to Amateur and Professional Mycology
North American Mycological Association
|2012||Doctor of Science (Hon.)
The National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon
|2012||The Pioneer Award
North West Natural Products Association—“leading the way and/or setting a good example for others in the industry.”
|2011||Notable Appearance: TEDMED conference
Paul Stamets on Mushrooms as Healing Agents. 99+ % rating
|2010||Opportunity Green Award
1st Place for the Life Box®
|2010||The Packy Award for the Life Box®
Sustainable Business Coalition and Whole Foods Market’s Green Coalition
The Society of Ecological Restoration, NW
|2010||Notable Appearance: TED conference
“Six Ways Mushrooms can Help Save the World.” Rated in the top 10 of all TED talks; 98+ % rating
Utne Reader Magazine
National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
|1999||Founder of a New Northwest Award
Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Seattle, Washington.
The Collective Heritage Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
|1994||Black Belt, HwaRang Do. Instructor.|
|1979||Black Belt, Taekwon Do. Instructor.|
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NIH Clinical Trials
Advisor and sole source supplier to “Clinical trials Antihyperlipidemic Effects of Oyster Mushrooms,” led by chief oncologist Dr. Donald Abrams of the San Francisco General Hospital. As described on the clinical trial home page of National Institutes of Health. Clinical trial completed. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:60 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-60.
Advisor and sole source supplier to “Project 3: Phase I/II clinical trial of Trametes versicolor in women with breast cancer.” University of Minnesota/Bastyr University Developmental CAM Research Center Proposal. Principal investigator: Leanna J. Standish, ND, PhD, L.Ac. (Bastyr University). Co-investigators: Karen Lawson, MD (University of Minnesota), Douglas Yee, MD (University of Minnesota), Dennis McKenna, PhD (University of Minnesota), Cynthia Wenner, PhD (Bastyr University). Consultants: Jeannine S. McCune, PhD (UW), Kristine Rinn, MD (UW/Swedish Hospital), Paul Stamets (Fungi Perfecti), Gary Ostroff, PhD., Mel Haberman, PhD, RN.
Stamets, P. et al. “SBIR Phase I: Assessment of Mycofiltration Biotechnology to Remove Pathogens from Urban Storm Water.” Environmental Protection Agency. RFP# SOL-NC-11-00012. May 3, 2011. Awarded $80,000.
In vitro fungal propagation instruction in small, hands-on courses to more than 2,000 people over 30 years.
More than 200 world-wide speaking engagements at universities, professional societies, ecological and medicinal plant conferences, amongst others. Notable appearances include: TEDMED, TED, American Academy of Dermatology (keynote), LOHAS, Taste 3, International Medicinal Mushroom Conferences, NW Naturopathic Conferences, North American Mushroom Conference, Nutrition and Health (Univ. of Arizona School of Medicine), commencement speaker at the National College for Natural Medicine.
Collection of more than 250 cultures of medicinal mushrooms, including rare and culturally significant specimens isolated from the Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Contributed the nucleotides of 14 strains of the rare old growth mushroom: Fomitopsis officinalis to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.