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February 4th, 2015
Sue Van Hook
"Beyond Mushroom Packaging: a Look at Engineered Woods"
Join Ecovative's Chief Mycologist Sue Van Hook for a look at new prospects for mushroom materials. She will provide an update on Mushroom Packaging® at the Iowa plant and introduce you to the role of mycelium to replace toxic urea formaldehyde resin in various particle boards. The fungi have a lot to teach us. Come hear what we have learned thus far concerning natural biocomposite materials.
Sue is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent, an authority on pink-spored mushrooms and author of the How to Identify Mushrooms series of books. Sue worked for 5 years in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy managing a Northern California Coastal Dunes Preserve where she also conducted her graduate fieldwork. She moved to Belgrade Maine in the mid-eighties and worked as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and currently works as the Chief Mycologist for a new Green Tech company, Ecovative Design in Troy, NY.
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MCG features monthly meetings each year between February and November on a variety of fungi-related topics. To view some of our previous meetings go HERE.
DID YOU KNOW...
Mushrooms have religious importance in many cultures, including the North American Indians. The Blackfoot Indians believed puffballs were stars that fell to Earth.
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