Mycelium could aid in contaminated soil remediation efforts

Published January 27, 2022


Buffalo Rising reported on a new UB research project examining the effectiveness of using mycelium to clean up lead-contaminated soil in Buffalo.

“This novel biomaterial generates sustainable and highly resilient membranes that can be easily deployed in the soil and later be recovered,” said Prathima Nalam, assistant professor of materials design and innovation. Nalam has been investigating the properties of mycelium and its potential to clean up soils and water for the past five years.

The story also quotes study leads Katarzyna Kordas, associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, and project partner Jeanette Koncikowski, executive director of Grassroots Gardens of WNY.

Read the story here.