Paul Stamets is a mycologist who has dedicated his career to revealing the miraculous and relatively unrealized potential of the Earth’s vast fungi family. Known as the Mushroom Man, Stamets sat down with New Scientist for an interview with environmental journalist Richard Schiffman, during which the two brush over a multitude of topics such as mushroom’s integral role in protecting and detoxifying animal life, their ability to restore ecosystems, their medical potential, mushroom fear in western culture, how mushrooms may be the key to terraforming the surfaces of other planets, and much more. Check out the discussion below. Read the interview here by Richard Schiffman for New Scientist and check out Paul’s talk on mushrooms for TED.