TED2008 – Econol
Paul Stamets who is a mycologist (fungi researcher). During his presentation he presented that we’re more closely related to fungi than any other kingdom. The sequence of microbes on rotting mushrooms are essential to the forests of the world.
A very interesting solution which he developed consisted of infused burlap bags filled with natural material and mycelium. These would then be placed in drainage areas near or on farms to reduce presence of E. coli in runoff.
The research hasn’t ended and now we are seeing treatments for viruses using rare fungi only found in old growth forest. He’s even using mycelium as pest control which is pretty cool. (Check out the Video when it gets on TED)
Even better he believes generating cellulose from mycelium to create a fuel known as ECONOL