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Super Fungi, will mushrooms save the world?

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  00:52:00  2013  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The mushrooms will be perhaps tomorrow men ’ s best allies in the struggle against the new sanitary and environmental challenges that are threatening our societies. From Pleurotus ostreatus digesting oil waste to Laccaria Bicolor allowing trees to grow in deserts, from Fomitopsis officinalis « last chance » drug for patients suffering from incurable diseases to Physarum polycephalum, brilliant network engineer, fungi are a constant subject of wonder for scientists.
And they are promising so many applications that famous American mycologist Paul Stamets has come to the provoking expression : «mushrooms will help save the world». And indeed, stimulated by the tools of genetics and the calculation powers of computers, scientific research is improving day after day its knowledge of fungi, revealing the exceptional biological proprieties and competences of this kingdom, the most ancient, the most resilient and one of the most sophisticated of nature.

Associate producer : Les Films d'Ici
Scientific adviser : SELOSSE Marc-André (MNHN)
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of films extracts, microscope images, time lapse shots and 3D animations.
Interviews (live sound) and voice over. Original score (Mathieu Lamboley).
PersonnalitiesSTAMETS Paul(Mycologue (USA)); PINZA Meg(Ecotoxicologue (USA)); SPROUSE Howard(Ingénieur écologue (USA)); SASA Mikako(Mycologue (Danemark)); BECARD Guillaume(LRSV UMR Univ. Toulouse 3 et CNRS, Castanet Tolosan); BÂ Amadou(LCM - IRD, UCAD et ISRA, Dakar, Sénégal); FRICKER Mark(Biologiste (Department of Plant Sciences, Univ. of Oxford, UK)); BODDY Lynne(Biologiste (Cardiff University, UK))
Date of broadcasting17/10/2013 (Arte)
NotesLRSV : Laboratoire de Recherche en Sciences Végétales
LCM : Laboratoire Commun de Microbiologie


Ecology ; Biochemistry

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Item No.4133
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD Cam 16:9