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Greenlit: Magic of Mushrooms, BBC4

Magic of Mushrooms (1 x 60′) – Mushroom enthusiast Professor Richard Fortey explores the strange and surprising science of fungi, unlocking the astonishing story of their evolution, their mysterious life cycle and their value to both the planet and us.

In a purpose-built mushroom lab, Richard and mycologist Dr Patrick Hickey investigate the secret life of fungi, revealing why they have the power to heal and kill, how mushrooms can form the biggest living organisms on earth, and why they are vital to the survival of all life on our planet.

Through field and woodland, Richard tracks down fascinating varieties of fungi and reveals why this hidden kingdom is at the forefront of research. From penicillin to poisons, environmentally friendly packaging to cancer treatments, he discovers the surprising and fascinating magic of mushrooms.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: BBC

TX: Spring 2014

Source: BBC press release

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