E.S.E. propose an induced
phenomenon of terraforming by which a damaged or depleted ecological system is
able to naturally restore itself. Something of a seed, a biodegradable capsule
containing organisms, is placed in a contaminated environment. The organisms
remediate the soil and eventually break down the capsule and inhabit their
surroundings, making the soil richer and ready for other forms of life.
biodegradable closed ecological system” is one of the most recent developments
in the field of soil remediation, the purpose of the system being to enhance the
quality of the soil and to better the resilience of the host ecology.
The system is literally
inoculated with fungal mycelium that is able to clean up toxins such as diesel,
which pollute the environment. Over time, the mycelium will disseminate throughout
the system and infiltrate the contaminated underlying soil, extracting from it
the necessary nutrients to remediate and nourish the soil to sustain the closed
ecological system that emerges from the decay.
The inoculated fungus is
mycorrhizal, which has the ability to form a mutualistic symbiosis with plants
that can benefit fungi, flora and fauna alike.
biodegradable closed ecological system” is a geodesic spherical construction.
The arrays of triangles are made of wood and organic membranes, Seated inside
the geodesic sphere are a foot and bowl which, like the pedestal upon which the
geodesic sphere rests, are made from linden wood. The ecology within the
system, composed of biotic and abiotic constituents, plays an integral part: these
constituents assure the efficiency of the degradation process during
remediation of the contaminated soil.
The technique of
mycoremediation involves the use of fungi to break down hazardous substances
into less or non-toxic substances. Mycorrhizal fungi, like the oyster mushroom
mycelium, have the property to break down crude oil, fossil fuel, diesel and
plant polymers (i.e., disposable diapers). Pleurotus ostreatus (the oyster
mushroom) forms a symbiotic relationship with trees and vascular plants
(mycorrhiza). Pleurotus ostreatus colonies and favor the roots of deciduous
trees, in particular the beech.