Merlin Sheldrake

 Bioluminescent mushrooms (of the genus Omphalotus).

Bioluminescent mushrooms (of the genus Omphalotus).

Photo © Alison Pouliot

The production of the mushrooms we like to eat is just a small fraction of what the fungi that produce them do. Serpentine Galleries curator BEN VICKERS had the chance to pick the brain of MERLIN SHELDRAKE, who has just published a memoir on the massive underground network of the magic mushroom.