The model organism of the Amazon Mycorenewal Project in its many Ecuadorian habitats.
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At the Charapa pit — the first and oldest pool of discarded petroleum in Ecuador — burlap sacks are filled with a mixture of Pleurotus spawn, woodchips and sawdust from a local broomstick factory, and crude from the pit below. Once filled, these would line an 8 foot embankment at the e...
Crude is harvested from the pit to mix into the bunker spawn which will line the embankment.
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Patrick: He’s visited some toxic sites and installations, but we’ve not yet had the opportunity to combine forces.
Debbie & Chris: Nothing’s being eaten or sold. Lab results show our heavy metal concentrations to be low relative to the environment they’re growing in, but not low enough to be safe for consumption. Ex situ test plots have been anywhere from milk crate to 6′×6′ pit sized, in situ pits can be anywhere from driveway to olympic swimming pool sized or larger, but our installations only try to tackle them at the edges, at least initially. there are also waterways that carry pollution from one place to another. it’s not unlikely that the entire area has TPH levels above normal or healthy levels given the amount of acid rain in the area. upscaling is most definitely a challenge the project is attempting to overcome. results are mixed across the board. we just need more time/money/participation/research.
i’m presenting on this in Telluride in 5 days. Hop a quick flight if you’d like to get the full run down.
Is Larry Evans working with you on this project?
how large are your test plots?
what is the source of oyster spawn and what is its cost?
have the oyster fruit bodies themselves been thoroughly tested for potential contaminants, prior to market sale? lots of different mushrooms concentrate toxins in their fruit bodies…I don’t think that I’d want to eat them, tho.
it has been my understanding that oysters breaking down oil works pretty well on a small scale, but becomes far more difficult and expensive on a broader scale. has this changed with more field research? and if so, what makes the difference?
If the world only had more roving mycologists! did anyone get to sample the fine flavor or these specimens?
but the Charapa pit is only one we’ve done any large scale in situ work on. more to come. and when we do, I’ll post it here. thanks for your interest and kind words, Darv.
Nice project and great to see the photos on how it’s coming together. Looks like you did some small test plots and now you’re gearing up for a larger attempt to degrade the pond of black crude.
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