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Mushrooms are more than a superfood; they’re a living material

Did you know Pennsylvania grows almost two-thirds of white button mushrooms produced in the United States? And since the beginning, Penn State’s leadership in research and education has shaped the industry. Recently, mushroom-related research has expanded into new and surprising areas. Watch to learn how mushrooms could impact the future of environmental clean-up and architecture and design.