Knowledge Base is a collection of pertinent links around the topic of fungi and our uses for it. We will be trying to include a brief description of each link. In the case of videos we will be adding time codes to make finding the important bits easier.
Stay tuned. This section is expanding as Mark, Scott and Emma get back to the web workers.
The importance of science
This section looks at the science behind our fungal experiments and the necessity for them!
New study underlines the value of citizen science
Researchers at the University of Ottawa recently assessed the value of non-academic observations in scientific studies. While citizen science as a concept draws many strong opinions, this study shows citizen science reports increased the distribution data received, allowed for much earlier observations of certain pollinators, and even increased pollinator species counts. This implies that even non-professional scientific observations have real value regarding data collection.
Please join us in our own citizen science experiment and help us collect more data.
Soroye P, Ahmed N, Kerr JT. Opportunistic citizen science data transform understanding of species distributions, phenology, and diversity gradients for global change research. Glob Change Biol. 2018;24:5281–5291. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14358
Johnson-Su fungal dominant compost backgrounders
In this area we will document some of the research done from other areas around the world. Fungal replenishment as a tool of soil regeneration is a hot topic. Many positive results are being obtained. Our work with these processes is confirming what others have discovered and we are adding to the general knowledge and data base.
Please remember, support of ONfungi makes a difference is our adaptations to the new climate realities. Join us.
Fungal-rich Compost Paired with Cover Cropping
In a time of increasing weather variation new research points to increased drought resistance with the use of fungal enrichment. This article presents an overview of a 2018 farm scale study in Colorado. Given strong government mandates to replenish their aquifer the study notes the lack of soil regeneration success with traditional composts. It further explores the benefits of the Johnson-Su compost.
A compost pile creation demonstration
Best practices in making and using a Johnson-Su bioreactor
This is an important early document on how to build a Johnson-Su bioreactor. It contains useful tips and complete instructions. There is also a brief section on how to use the resulting inoculant at the end of the document. This section includes methods for pre-treating larger amounts of seed for use in a planter in larger scale application.
When assembling your bioreactor we strongly also recommend viewing Scott’s video. His refinements to the technique greatly ease and speed production. If, in the creation of your bioreactor, you discover any additional techniques; please let us know.