Mycology and mycoremediation are recurring influences on many different research endeavors that regularly appear throughout my work. For example, an immersive micro-landscape or research-based spore print stemmed from the observation of a diverse habitat of numerous mushrooms during collection outings.
Some mushrooms have the ability to filter out toxic waste from the environment. One of these mushrooms is the Pestalotiopsis microspora, which consumes polyurethane and converts it into organic matter; another is the Aspergillus tubingensis, which has the ability to break down the bonds between plastic molecules in a matter of weeks. Fungi can also feed on various other toxic substances, such as oil spills, radioactive waste, and certain types of nerve gases.
Such possibilities are as intriguing as are the seemingly desperate dynamics between humans, our own involvement and awareness levels, and our impact on the biosphere within which we live.