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Growing Fungi on Plastic & Mycoremediation
May 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come join the North Texas Mycological Association as they host this two-part class on newly emerging fields of mycology! Our speaker, Garrett Wilkerson, has been experimenting with a rare fungus originating from the Amazon called Pestalotiopsis microspora. Out of the estimated 200 species known that can be cultivated on plastic, P. microspora has been proven to colonize the fastest! Cultivating mushrooms from recycled waste is very important to the future of humanity, so come learn how you can minimize waste and grow cool mushrooms at the same time!
Part two of the class will consist of mycoremediation! Mycoremediation is described as the process of using fungal mycelium to decontaminate the soil by helping break down pollutants to restore or regenerate the land. Every day, the threat of having dangerous toxins such as heavy metals, oils, pesticides, chemical pollutants, and others becoming embedded in soil is increasing. Fungal mycelium has been known to remove these toxins, breaking them down for nutrients, returning life to wasted land and eliminating these toxins before they enter our food supply.
Garrett Wilkerson is the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for Unicorn Imp & Mfg. He first started learning about mushrooms in 2011, and in 2020 was finally able to pursue this passion full-time. In addition to managing Unicorn’s social media channels and outreach, he also runs an outlet store for non-wholesale orders and designs all of Unicorn’s merch. His current project is an initiative to make plastic-eating fungi and related data available to the public.
Address: 6820 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy Suite 3200, Dallas, TX 75240
Date: May 7th, 2022
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Directions for Live Class Participation: The address is a governmental building. You can park either in the parking garage or directly behind the building. This building is locked down and you will need to make entrance through the back by motioning to the security guard. We will be in the Oak Room on the second floor, follow our “Mycology” signs