Episode 05: Eco-Scrubbing Fungi


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Hi citizen! Welcome back to Fungi Town!

This week, we focus on the amazing ability some fungi have to clean our environment. Lots of people enjoy growing and eating oyster mushrooms, but did you know that they can also clean diesel fuel and motor oil out of the soil? They're not the only species of fungi skilled at breaking down toxic materials. Since fungi don't have mouths and stomachs, they have to digest their food outside of their bodies and then reabsorb the nutrient soup that results. These digestive secretions, known as enzymes, are great at breaking big molecules (like petrochemicals) down into smaller, digestable ones. Join me as I talk to two mycoremediation experts about the great possiblilites and the challenges of cleaning our Earth with fungi.

To read about how brown rot fungi can be used in the biofuel industry, go here.

To learn more about dog waste and waterways, check out this pamplet by the Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department.

To find out more about Athens' chicken laws, check out this article in The Flagpole.

Special thanks to my guests: Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain in South Carolina. His book is Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, published by Chelsea Green, contains several remediation projects you can do at home with a limited budget. And to Levon Durr of Fungaia Farm.

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