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Radical Mycology: Training a Mushroom to Remediate Cigarette Filters

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Published on Jan 5, 2014

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In this video, Peter McCoy of the Radical Mycology project shows how he trained the Pearl Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) to digest used cigarette filters. By slowly conditioning the mycelium of the mushroom to recognize first the filter material and then the chemicals within as a viable food, Peter was able to get the fungus to digest one of the world's most common pollutants.

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