Mycoremediation - Innovative substrates for the bioremediation markets of polluted sites and soils, with the help of fungi's metabolism
Mycoremediation thrives to depollute soils by using microorganisms, in particular fungi. Mycoremediation biomimetic approach is based on two observations: A large number of fungi are capable of living in extreme environmental conditions (temperature, pressure, absence of oxygen, pollution, etc.) and mushrooms are nature's "great cleaners" - no waste can resist decomposition!
In the forest, fungi are able to degrade molecules as complex as lignin and cellulose. As a result, they are also able to degrade hydrocarbons and the resulting number of petroleum products (gasoline, oils, fuels, pesticides and herbicides). Edaphos proposes to use these microorganisms to decontaminate the soil and filter the dirty water. These functions of biodegradation by fungi are useful where other biological treatments remain ineffective or expensive. In comparison with other techniques (phytoremediation, thermal desorption, burial ...), the use of mushrooms offers a competitive advantage in terms of performance, processing time, energy balance, and the associated cost over time. Where specialized bacteria would be able to act on only one pollutant, fungi are able to degrade a wide range of hydrocarbons in a wide variety of different climatic conditions. Edaphos' custom-made products can be used in land farming, surface mulching, treatment of excavated soil, integrated into dynamic biopiles or biofilters for contaminated water.
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