Paul Stamets and the Holy Grail of Mushrooms
Laricifomes officinalis is a wood-decay fungus in the order Polyporales. It causes brown heart rot on conifers, and is found in Europe, Asia, and North America, as well as Morocco. It is commonly known as agarikon, as well as the quinine conk due to its extremely bitter taste. DNA analysis supports L. officinalis as being distinct from the genus Fomitopsis. "The decay is common only in a few old-growth stands. The conks were once collected extensively for production of medicinal quinine.
Puccinia monoica 'Rust Fungus'
Puccinia monoica 'Rust Fungus'. Puccinia monoica is a rust fungus that inhibits flowering in its host plant, Arabis. The fungus causes the plant to produce pseudoflowers, which attract insects that spread the rust spores. These pseudoflowers attract insects not only by visual means, but also by producing a pungent fragrance and exuding a suger rich solution.