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In this edition of The Mitti Podcast, we talk to Leo Krohne, a mycophile currently doing his masters in Biotechnology at TU Berlin. As he narrates to us about his experience on how he started the journey after completing his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, we find ourselves in awe of this world that stays hidden from us most of the time.

In a journey starting with a trip of psychoactive mushrooms in Amsterdam to a trip to the beautiful Fungi Academy in Guatemala, Leo has seen a lot. Located on the hilltop overlooking Lake Atitlán and surrounded by five dormant volcanoes, he describes The Fungi Academy as an amazing experience of learning and sharing with a community comprised of people from all over the world.

In our conversation, we come to understand the ubiquitous nature of fungi and find ourselves relating to the famous mycologist, Paul Stamets, who wrote in his book ‘Mycelium Running‘, “There are many species of Fungi, bacteria and protozoa in a single scoop of soil than there are species of plants and vertebrae in all of North America. And of these fungi are the grand recyclers of our planet, the mycomagicians disassembling large organic molecules into simpler forms, which In turn nourish other members of the ecological community. Fungi are the interface organism between life and death ”

Fungi are in a way the elders of all living species on this earth and continue to play an important role as a naturally evolved global network, quite resembling the neurological network in how large patches of mycelium infuse ecosystems with information-sharing membranes. Without their collaboration, adapting to an ever-changing environment is impossible. The effects of which are evident in the modern world.

Leo is currently engaged in very interesting projects, do check them out below,

And, for our audience’s reference, here are some good sources to broaden your horizons:

Books:

Films:

The sacred elders are waiting patiently to be heard, are you ready for them?

Do tell us what you think about when you see a mushroom the next time, and as always stay tuned for the next edition of The Mitti Podcast.

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