To clean contaminated soil, pilot project tries growing mushrooms #mycoremediation

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There aren’t many great solutions for soil cleanup. Instead of disposing of or quarantining contaminated soil researchers are hoping mycoremediation will help!

Via WPR:

The mushrooms may hold the key to changing all that. They’re part of an innovative pilot project to study the effects and potential applications of “mycoremediation,” or cleaning soil by growing mushrooms on it.

This study is using pearl oyster and Italian oyster mushrooms — gourmet varieties. Mushroom farmer Jerome Segura, whose Stevens Point-based business Segura Mushrooms sells all over the country, takes a sample of the soil from one container, noting the dense network of mycelium that has grown below its surface.

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