Question: Is anyone doing any work with fungi? or bioremediation?

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by Mushroomman | December 05, 2016 05:58 | #13745

What I want to do or know

mycoremediation (using fungi to remediate anthropogenic toxins from our soils and waterways.)

Background story

I am a forth year student at Hampshire College studying mycoremediation - the use of fungi to degrade/transform/absorb anthropogenic xenotoxins in our soil and waterways. I have taken a mycology course at my university and am currently TAing a mushroom practicum for more hands on experience. I have undergone a month long internship at Aloha Medicinals where I received my clean room certificate and advanced spawn making techniques certificate. I have taken Ja Schindler of Fungi of the People's weeklong mycoremediation course, along with Tradd Cotter of Mushroom mountain's weekend long mycoremediation course. Along with various other general cultivation courses/classes around the country. This last summer up to now I have taught dozens of classes/workshops sometimes up to three in one week. Topics varied from: Introduction to fungi/ecological roles/lifecycles, Gardening with Stropharia, Shiitake logs, Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms, Transforming local "waste" with low tek oyster mushroom production, Mycoremediation, The Degradation of Cigarette Butts by Fungi, Mycomedicinals, Lab Skills, The ins and outs of a commercial mushroom facility, and the future of fungi/the top of the line research going on in the mycological world, indoor biomimetic closed loop permaculture systems, and mycopermaculture. Teaching in Massachusetts New Hampshire, New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Ecuador. I also helped with the mycoremediation presentations at Telluride Mushroom Festival 2016. For the last couple years I have been working at managing and maintaining a local Mushroom Farm - Fungi Ally - who grows gourmet mushrooms, spawn and teaches mycology to the local community. I have been working on an independant project and the remediation of cigarette butts. Now I am working in collaboration the Amazon Mycorenewel Project/corenewel, and working with a mycoremediation team spearheaded by Daniel Reyes in collaboration with Tradd cotter from Mushroom Mountain to clean up brownfield sites in the USA. We currently have a project site in Austin Texas, in Ecuador and are working with Tradd cotter from mushroom mountain. The vision is to create a mycoremediation super team with the collaboration of organizations like Mushroom mountain, The Amazon Mycorenewel Project, Radical Mycology, and lots of eager mycologists, scientists, organizers etc from all around the world. Also working with a few people to make a web platform to make mycoremediation accessible to all people


Hey Mushroomman!

Fellow mycology fanatic here seeking some community resources that eventually led me to your post- I studied mycoremediation in my undergrad research in SW Colorado, focusing on the effectiveness of Pleurotus ostreatus in the degradation of aminopyralid herbicides, which have demonstrated persistence in SW organic soils. Since then I have been searching for more information or individuals interested in further pursuing this field. I am now living in Washington state, and given the increasing shoreline contamination in this area, seems like a great place to try it out. Would love to hear more about your plans for the brownfield site projects and become more involved in any capacity.

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I'm late to the party, but a very cool topic! If you're interested in finding local collaborators, I might suggest reaching out to the Northwest regional list (you can find all of our lists here:, but I would also encourage you to post more about your work here on the website! There has been a lot of interest in exploring remediation tools (including bio-tools) around here lately, and I suspect that folks would be really interested in the projects you're describing.

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