We at Culture Shrooms are consistently running experiments on the strong relationship of mushrooms and bioremediation. Our goal is to learn more about how mushrooms can save the planet, and hopefully be a part of the solution.
In the pictures below you will see a small tank study we did with Blue Oyster mushrooms and Plastic, Paper, Printed and non printed cardboard.
The mushrooms ate 90% of the cardboard and paper but the Blue Oyster mushrooms did not fully degrade the plastic, HOWEVER after series of isolations of this same DNA, we believe we can train it to fully degrade the plastic.
5 days after start of experiment
15 days into experiment
Mushrooms Fruiting on Cardboard, Paper, plastic
In addition to grain, substrate, and MycoBoost
Isolating genetics onto agar of the same blue oyster we worked with but sample taken from mycelium and fruit body POST experiment.
The Fungus Among Us Is A Sustainability Workhorse
The humble fungus might not be so humble after all, as it carves out space in bioremediation and other sustainability fields — and it’s smart, too.
Sustainability & The Plastic Problem
A more definitive avenue for fungal effort in the sustainability area is the replacement of petrochemicals — up to and including petrochemicals used in surfboards.
Fungi are also emerging as a source of pigment for next-generation solar cells, and they could play a role in the FLAM (aka Fungus like adhesive material) supply chain.
On a somewhat less exotic level of the sustainability pyramid, mushrooms have also been examined for biofuel production.
The Plastic Pollution Solution
Speaking of mushrooms, the global fossil fuel industry has been hedging its energy-related bets with a pivot to petrochemical production and a focus on plastics.
That strategy appears to be on shaky ground as the world wakes up to the plastic pollution problem, particularly as it impacts ocean life.
Mushrooms already have a chance to shine in that field, as self-forming fungus product packaging begins to enter the marketplace.
Perhaps some day we really will have our sustainability cake and eat it, too.
Bioremediation of Crude Oil with Three Edible Mushroom Species
Mushrooms Eating PFAS Contaminated Soil
Eating paper with blue oyster mushrooms • Grown and picture by Larissa Shen
Genetics by Bani