mycoremediating biodegradable closed ecological system

the 'mycoremediating biodegradable closed ecological system' is a work by Jos Volkers.

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.

The “mycoremediating 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.

The “mycoremediating 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. 

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