A test project to use bioremediation with mushrooms to clean up the Oregon waterways in America, is underway.
Bioremediation uses organisms to remove or neutralise pollutants in an area. In this project, the organism is mycelium.
Mycelium has amazing filtering capabilities and a variety of biological powers, from breaking down pesticides, bacteria and oil.
The test project was launched on January 19th in the Sequoai Creek that flows into the Willamette River. Recycled burlap bags filled with used coffee grounds, straw and yellow oyster mushroom spawn have been used.
Leading expert on the power of mushrooms, Paul Stamet, has frequently expressed the importance of fungi, suggesting these qualities could be used to clean up the radiation surrounding Fukushima.
Paul Stamets explained to Discover Magazine last year, "Oyster mushrooms, for example, can digest the complex hydrocarbons in wood, so they can also be used to break down petroleum byproducts. Garden Giants use their mycelia to trap and eat bacteria, so they can filter E. coli from agricultural runoff."
The waterways across America are in desperate need of change. Agricultural and industrial chemicals have leaked into the waters, killing fish and amphibians. They have also been building up in the fish we eat and the water we drink.
Restoring the waterways is very important for people and the planets health, but if this project is successful, it could lead the way for remediation around Fukushima, an enormous and devastating project that needs to begin as soon as possible.
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Paul Stamets on using fungi to remediate radiation at Fukushima
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