Mycelium Oil Clean up Collective

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  1. LuckOfTheFryish

    LuckOfTheFryish Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    Some of you may have heard about the oil spill in Vancouver, Canada. Many of you know Vancouver is my old stomping ground, so when I was asked to help with this project, I jumped all over it.

    Mycelium Oil Clean up Collective is a group in Vancouver that is hoping to use mycoremediation to help clean the oil spill and to help advance the study with long term goals of having large farms dedicated for this use. But the group needs some help to get on their feet. I want to help in anyway that I can, so I thought I'd reach out to the community here as well. They are looking for donations of spore prints, cultures, spawn etc. of Pleurotus ostreatus, the oyster mushroom. They also have a go fund me account started to help with the cost of needs.

    A bit about mycoremediation. This is a great way to help with oil spills, yet it is not well known and even less practiced. But it is a safe, 100% biodegradible and effective way to help with oil spills. Oyster mycelium is spawned to straw logs and put into hemp sacks, which are then put into the oil spill. It creates a 100% bio degradable, oil eating buoy that can remain effective for months and even help feed wildlife! Oyster mycelium has shown to absorb oil and break it down into less stable compounds. The mushrooms are making the oil into a meal while converting it into non harmful compound which break down a lot more quickly than oil does.
    Pretty cool, huh?

    If any of you would like to help by donating you would have the thanks of myself, the MOCC, the mycology community, all of Canada and the environment. :)

    Here is a link to the go fund me page: http://www.gofundme.com/rrntag

    And donations of mycology supplies and spores etc. can be sent to:

    Mycelium Oil Clean Up Collective
    3337 Williams Street
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    V5K 2Z4

    If you are worried about shipping to Canada, please PM :pm: me.
     
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  2. GGTBod

    GGTBod One chance at life and this is it so lap it up Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    I remember reading about the mycelium mats that Stamets was making for the same purpose, i seem to remember reading that the fungi produced were actually edible with no traces of the oil present, best of luck with it Fry
     
  3. LuckOfTheFryish

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    Yes, Stamets pioneered this idea and it's true about the fruits. I'm not sure how they'd taste, but it'd be safe fish food anyway lol.
     
  4. GGTBod

    GGTBod One chance at life and this is it so lap it up Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Even if all the fruits were good for was composting it is still far better ecollogically that an oil spill
     
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    MB3 more fun than a ferret in you

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    so they are only working with PO?
    either way, yay for real life mycoremediation!
    good luck.
     
  6. Matt McCormack

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    I know a lil about lignocellulose breakdown...interesting you are doing it with hemp? I would like to talk to someone that has done it before.
     
  7. LuckOfTheFryish

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    I havent tried this with hemp. Thats an interesting idea tho
     
  8. Matt McCormack

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    Talk to me about it...I have some stuff in the works.