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01.11. – BA Concept Seminar Kickoff

January 11, 2020

This monday morning we met in class to kick off our BA Concept Seminar. To start things off each of us students gave a one sentence update on our topics. A few new groups had formed during the holidays. I felt disappointet of myself for not having gotten much further in the meantime. Also there was again this mounting pressure building up. Not only do I really want and have to decide on a topic during these two week, I also really have to find someone to work with. Preferably today. All of this created quite a bit of anxiety.

For the exercise we where tasked with writing 20 different, iterative directions to talk about our topic on post its.

Here are my 20 approaches in the domain of Mycology

Culinary Mushrooms taste good and are rich in nutrients.

Medicinal Many species are of medicinal value and have been used as natural remidies for centuries.

Mycofiltration membranes can filter pathogens and chemical toxins.

Mycoforestry can help in preservation of native forests as well as enhance reforestation.

Mycoremediation is the use of mushrooms for econtaminating toxic waste sites.

Mycopesiticides Mushrooms are used to fight pests such as insects in a natural way.

DIY
Mushrooms can be grown at home, with very low effort.

Packaging There are mycelium based packaging solutions on the market.

Mycophilic
vs
Mycophobic Societies have different relations to mushrooms.

Psilocybin is being researched for use in treatment of cancer, addiction, anxiety and depression.

Hunting for mushrooms in the wild can reconnect us with nature.

Mycelium as nature’s internet.

The sharing of mushroom cultures is easy. A spore print fits in an envelope, a small vial of liquid culture can easily be shipped.

The sharing of mushroom cultures is easy. A spore print fits in an envelope, a small vial of liquid culture can easily be shipped.

Many species are sold as nutritional supplements.

Farming mushrooms on a commercial scale is very efficient and can be done sustainably.

Biologically mushrooms are fascinating. They are their own kingdom, neither plant nor animal.

Mycelial cultures can be used as beneficial companions in the vegetable garden.

Mushrooms can be grown in the laboratory, on a variety of media such as agar, liquids and substrates.

Mycelium as a material must have many applications that have not been studied yet.