During this TED talk, Paul Stamets briefly explains the heroic role mycelium could have in saving the world should humans choose to wield their dramatic power. Paul explains that we need not fear fungi, but we do well to understand them.
Fungi have an amazing way of transforming numerous kinds of waste, including petroleum and nuclear wastes, into the pure building blocks of life. Sometimes they accomplish that task and provide us with delicious, medicinal mushrooms. Yet, they do much, much more.