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Mycological Section

Samuel, Ella [1], Porter, David [1], Rajakaruna, Nishanta [2].

Mycoremediation in the Face of Anthropogenic Environmental Damage.

Mine tailings, a major source of concern in conservation biology, produce chemical imbalances and generate toxic edaphic and hydrologic conditions, disrupting the establishment and survival of local organisms. Ecologically and economically sound, mycoremediation offers unique prospects for addressing widespread ecological damage in mine settings. Mushrooms are bioremediators: They break down recalcitrant chemical contaminants, sequester heavy metals, bind toxic metals in the soil, and stimulate microbial metabolism and decomposition, thus promoting vital ecosystem processes in degraded ecosystems. By investigating the potential benefits of Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom) for modifying contaminated soil from the Callahan Mine, a superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, we are exploring the unique intersection of fungi and conservation biology. We propose amending Callahan Mine soil with mycelium and organic matter to observe the impact of these additions on plant survivability and vigor as a measure of ecosystem health.

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1 - College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609, United States
2 - College of the Atlantic, Botany, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609, United States

Pleurotus ostreatus.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Hall D/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PMY052
Abstract ID:553
Candidate for Awards:MSA Best Poster Presentation Award by an Undergraduate Student

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