Fungus May Help Remediate Lead-Contaminated Urban Soils

Scientists at the University at Buffalo are exploring mycelium-based soil remediation as a means of treating lead-contaminated urban soils to help render them safe for growing food. Their studies are making use of dried mycelium membranes that can provide a simpler and more uniform treatment than live mycelium. Mycelium binds lead through adsorption or biomineralization. This study will also investigate the willingness of gardeners to use a mycelium membrane product.