When: June 29th & 30th, 2019 – 9am – 4pm
Where: Mushroom Mountain, 200 Finley Rd. Easley, SC 29642
Breakfast 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 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.