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April 1st, 2020
"Fungi in Environmental Remediation and Restoration"
The ability of Fungi to break down complex pollutants and tackle various environmental challenges has been known for decades, but the use of fungi for environmental clean up and land management has limited prevalence for several reasons. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of fungi for improving land health and a growing popularity of "Mycoremediation". This talk will provide an overview of the roles fungi play in the environment and how this relates to their potential for improving environmental health including building soil, filtering water, breaking down toxins controlling pest outbreaks, and enhancing nutrient cycling. Simple techniques for incorporating fungi into the landscapes will be discussed, as well as current case studies and logistical considerations for designing and implementing mycoremediation projects.
Leif Olson is an environmental scientist and educator with a background spanning commercial mushroom production, field ecology, wetland science, phytoremediation and residential landscaping. He currently consults on fungi based land management projects and research with municipalities, academia and private companies and teaches around the country about applied mycology and bioremediation. He holds a Master's degree in Ecotoxicology from Duke University and Bachelor of Science in Ecology from University of California at Santa Cruz and currently operates Integrated Land Enhancement, a research, education and consulting business based in western North Carolina
As always, try to come around 6:15 to meet, greet, and share in some snacks!
IT'S THE LAW
In 2010, fungi were incorporated into Chile's Environmental Law (No .19,300, General Bases of the Environment, 1994) such that the Ministry of Environment must ensure fungi are classified in a national inventory using scientific and IUCN Red-Listing criteria.
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.
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