[Tastebridge] interest in mycoremediation?

algoldor at frantisekapfelbeck.org algoldor at frantisekapfelbeck.org
Sun Oct 16 19:22:07 UTC 2011

Hi Nevada,
I'm just finishing a thesis which is focused on lignocellulose  
degradation by Talaromyces emersonii (thermophilic fungi). I've not  
investigated the mycoremediation topic but if you like I've still for  
a week or so access to several on line journals. If you send me links  
to articles which you would like to read I should be able to download  
at least some of them and send it to you. You can find them through  
www.pubmed.nl for example. You can get results looking like this



Best of luck,



Quoting "Nevada M." <bramble.greenbrier at gmail.com>:

> Hey folks,
> I've been following all the conversations on the listserv about the various
> mushroom/fungus projects, and I was wondering if folks on the listserv are
> also interested in/knowledgeable about mycoremediation...  I know the
> listserv is "taste"bridge, but the traffic on here seems to be pretty
> fungus-friendly all-around.  If you haven't heard of it, mycoremediation is
> the process of using fungus to digest the long hydrocarbon chains (of oil,
> this time, instead of plant lignins) that contaminate oil spill sites and so
> forth.  I've also heard that fungus can bind heavy metals into inert forms
> that are no longer poisonous to life -- though I don't know any of the
> science behind that claim.
> I probably won't have time to start up any projects along these lines, but
> if folks are interested, I might be able to find some how-to type resources.
>  The radical mycology conference that happened in Washington in early
> September focused primarily on DIY techniques for mycoremediation --
> cultivating spawn, applying spawn to affected land, etc. without relying on
> lots of huge, expensive machinery or other hi-tech equipment.  I could get
> in touch with the conference organizers and see if they have any info they
> could send along.
> You can see some pictures on this page over at Fungi Perfecti of oyster
> mushrooms growing on petroleum-contaminated soil; the petroleum is just long
> hydrocarbon chains, same as the plant lignins the fungus usually eats, so
> you can see how the fungus fruits like crazy because all the oil is only so
> much extra food:
> http://www.fungi.com/mycotech/petroleum_problem.html
> Best,
> Nevada

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