[Tastebridge] interest in mycoremediation?

Rameen emprameen at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 20:47:04 UTC 2011


On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM, Roger H <domitron at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I am definitely interested in this subject.  Particularly how does
> mycroremediation compare to others, such as bacterial or chemical, and has
> it been tried in conjunction with other forms in the field, not just
> theoretically?  I did read Paul Stamet's book Mycelium Running, which,
> while admittedly provocative,  tended toward the anecdotal rather than
> scientific.  In the book a lot of examples of what can be done theoretically
> are covered, but really dispersing and getting fungus to work in the
> remediation of a non-controlled complex environment--say some Alaskan
> beach--is quite different from on a Petri dish or even Mr. Stamet's backyard
> in Portland, an area usually optimal for mushrooms.  In other words, is all
> this bioredediation stuff seriously useful or is it more or less just kind
> of interesting like in the way of say biodesiel, a cute way to fix some tiny
> fraction of 1% of a vast, serious problem.
> Roger
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Nevada M. <bramble.greenbrier at gmail.com>
> *To:* Roger H <domitron at yahoo.com>
> *Cc:* "tastebridge at lists.noisebridge.net" <
> tastebridge at lists.noisebridge.net>
> *Sent:* Sunday, October 16, 2011 1:00 AM
> *Subject:* interest in mycoremediation?
> 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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