Microbes and fung-guys (funghi’s) are the sleeping partners in the darkness and anaerobic depths, the answers within our problems. Though we must see this as a possible way to deal with what is now a waste crisis, not an excuse to keep producing land fill destined so called disposables. Look up for creativity and down for solutions…we are walking on them.
Here are some links for you to discover and explore this amazing organism.
Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.
Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?
A Solution to Pollution: Mycoremediation
Using fungi to clean up oil spills? Mycoremediation is an incredible technique using fungi to break down oil and other contaminants.
This short film shows how the Amazon Mycorenewal Project initiated the first ever trials using myco-remediation in highly polluted areas of the Ecuadorian rainforest.
For more information, including how you can help to support this project, see http://bit.ly/Gaiamycoremediation
Beyond the Gardens: The Fungarium at Kew Gardens
Did you know, the largest organism in the world is a mushroom? It’s over 1,000 years old and covers hundreds of acres. If you’re ever in Oregon USA, go and have a look! All plants on Earth relay on fungi to live, and fungi out number plants six to one. Kew has the largest collection of dried fungi in the world, around 1.25 million specimens.
Find out more about Kew’s amazing scientific work and collections –http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/index.htm
Mushrooms Eat Oil?
The technique is called mycoremediation, which uses mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus, to break down contaminants. The process has two stages:
- Create an absorbent material matrix by collecting and packaging hair, straw, grasses and other substrate material. This ‘sucks the oil up’ in a package that can then be removed from the site and be treated.
- This pre-contaminated material is then inoculated with Oyster Mushroom Myceia, which have the ability to break down the absorbed oil and other contaminants into harmless fungal sugars.
Milkwood on Mushrooms: A permaculture favourite!
If you have any yummy mushy recipes you would like to share, please do!!
The Wacky and the Wonderful: Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit
Here’s a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally — using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you’ll ever see …