When: June 15th & 16th, 2019 – 9am – 4pm
Where: Mushroom Mountain, 200 Finley Rd. Easley, SC 29642Breakfast and Lunch Included
Join us for a two-day immersive course into the world of fungi and their abilities to tackle various environmental issues. Mushroom Mountain’s Tradd Cotter and Leif Olson will be teaching the theory of how and why fungi grow, how pollutants travel through and affect the environment, how to leverage fungi to clean up the environment and steps for getting mycoremediation projects off of the ground.
In addition to classroom learning of the theory and principles, laboratory and field techniques will be demonstrated, allowing participants to gain experience with:
Culturing wild mushrooms
Propagating mycelium for remediation purposes
Contaminant screening assays
Designing and testing mycelium based water filters
Incorporating fungi into soil for decontamination
Incorporating fungi into compost for integrated bioremediation
Cultivating local varieties of mycorrhizal fungi
Harvesting enzymes and screening enzyme production from fungi
Expanding mushroom spawn to bulk quantities
Designing experiments to make statistically valid data for publication
This is an intermediate to advanced level class that will contain potentially dense scientific information ranging from microbiology to environmental chemistry. It will be especially beneficial to academic researchers, mushroom cultivators and sustainable agriculture practitioners, but will also be helpful to anyone interested in a intellectual foray into the interrelations between, fungi, soil, chemical contaminants, land management, food production and society. Participants will leave with the necessary skills the design and implement their own mycoremediation experiments and projects.