Knowledge Base

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.

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.

At ONfungi we too develop citizen science experiments which help us collect more data. Thank you for your support.

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.

Johnson-Su fungal dominant compost backgrounders

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.

This video looks at farm level compost creation.
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 recommend viewing Scott’s video. His refinements to the technique make the process easier and do speed production. If, in the creation of your bioreactor, you discover any additional techniques; please let us know.

Kelvin wants to add: If you chop your leaves/material finer you appear to get faster composting (tho, not a lot faster).