The Process of Finding the Right Fungi for Soil

  1. Determine the application needed to resolve the issue(s) in the soil or composting media; this will be the focus of Mycoremediation experimental testing.
    Degrading toxic chemicals, repairing municipal areas, mining wastes, agricultural compaction, removing root knot nematodes, and removing biological pollutants (from wastes and manures) are all examples of problems to be resolved. Product is a fungal biomass amendment, and consulting is guided according to inferred research which may or may not resolve the issue entirely in the field. Mycoremediation is a developing science practice, soil fungi experiments made are an investment in new solutions.

    Important: Unusually high levels of bacterial biomass may interfere with substrate inoculation due to unusually high competition in the media. If the compost or substrate is well over 2000 micrograms of bacterial biomass, a sample needs to be tested for viability and risk of losing the fungal amendment. There are laboratory accommodations for these procedures. The buyer acknowledges these are guided experiments which are done at their own risk of loss should misuse of the amendment occur. Directions are offered for best inoculation in substrates which do apply. 

    If compost is over 2000 micrograms of bacteria and there is no fungi, there may be an issue with the carbon bulk density in the pile, and the pile may need larger particle sizes, salts levels are too high included in manure or piles are designed with too much nitrogen. There are possibly other issues with compost to discuss, added a consultation.

     

  2. Next fill out the form on this website nested under PRODUCTS. Submit soil or compost/mulch samples to the lab recommended.
    Samples need to be at least 60 lbs. (Testing fees and consulting fees will apply) Please choose samples based on the worst samples of soil or compost possible to find less variability in testing and implementing a plan.

    Feel welcome to ask for fungi in any form to apply to the situation of repairing soils or composts and we will work on a practical experiment for solution.

    Proper testing of soil and compost materials is a good point to start. Know which fungi will grow with samples or the fungi will have to be boosted for regeneration to work on attaining the effect desired. Other specialized testing is available to determine if pollutants are removed in the context of the sample. Sample testing may not definitively prove the survival of fungi or removal of contaminants in the field as environmental conditions may vary unexpectedly. It is the responsibility of a client to maintain the health of their fungal amendment once received.
     

  3. Fungi may be added several ways:
    -Add to compost/mulch, boosted with proper foods
    (General instructions included with purchase of spawn. Additional consulting for appropriate local resources may require fees)
    -Add to soil directly as recommended (via aeration holes or covering with moistened mulch, tilling fungal wood chips into soil)
    -Wash in the enzymes from fungi to treat soil immediately.

    Keep unused fungal spawn refrigerated to prolong shelf life!


    Fungi should not be crushed fine while applying. If boosting the fungi, leave in lumps to allow it to regrow.

    DO NOT leave recently fed fungi bags close together. They will likely overheat and become sterile. Monitor spawn for overheating, reaching 100 degree F.



    Some fungi will be prepared to continue growing through the soil and others offer the enzymes to wash in once.

    Considerations:
    Fresh spawn is ideal to use being most contaminant free. For best performance, clean spawn is required to improve prolonged  growth in a new substrate. Results may vary based on the site level contaminants and environmental variables are to be expected. Care must be taken by client for proper handling, storage, protection from freezing, drying out, and excessive heat to ensure the viability of spawn or other living amendments. 
     

  4. Recommendations will reflect the specific situation assessed and need to be implemented by the client or through Soil Life Services and consulting partners (additional fees will apply). 
    Final purchase of product from Soil Life Services means the following terms of sale are agreed upon.

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