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Using Mushrooms to Clean Up Waterways

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."

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