Fantastic Fungi is an excerpt from a feature documentary about Paul Stamets, a mycologist and author, by Louie Schwartzberg. The video pairs beautiful footage of mushrooms growing with an interview with Stamets, who makes a passionate argument for understanding and valuing nature's ecosystems. 

In 2008, Stamets gave a TED Talk, Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World: 

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Via PopTech.