When our founder was 17 she saw soil pollution in her post-industrial town. This started her quest for sustainable, inexpensive soil remediation. Dr. Lauren Czaplicki became a pioneer in environmental engineering, figuring out how to coax local soil fungi to clean up legacy pollution. Now Fungal Solutions collaborates on a range of mycotechnologies, from those that remove human poop from the backcountry to those that help us resist climate change by recycling carbon back into soils.
We started with some of the the toughest pollutants and the toughest medium to clean:soils. Fungal Solutions grew out of Dr. Lauren Czaplicki’s doctoral work coaxing local fungi to break down creosote in soils. We spent years learning about mycelium and how it provides more for us than just mushrooms. Then, we started thinking about other large, seemingly intractable problems that could benefit from fungal interventions: wildfire, reforestation, mining pollution.
We started a series of short courses to empower others to save their corners of the world with fungi too. We just can’t do it alone.
Dr. Lauren Czaplicki teaches a quarterly training on mycotechnologies to equip concerned citizens and environmental professionals with skills to use local fungi to solve local problems. Fungal Solutions also offers direct remediation consulting services.
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What we do
Featured Fungal Solutions
What we develop
WILDFIRE Prevention & Recovery
Local fungi rot wood naturally. We accelerate it with the Cold Fire process so that woodchips from fire mitigation activities turn into forest soil in 3-5 years without any irrigation, saving CO from runaway controlled burns, adverse impacts to air quality, and making the landscape safe for historic, low intensity fire to return.
learn more about cold fire below, based on a pilot study on private land in Pikes Peak National Forest
now in aspen, colorado
Local fungi help restore soil integrity post-fire. We are developing a mycotechnology to accelerate this recovery process so that we can save our forests before it’s too late.
Read about the urgency in an engaging, accessible way from the Guardian
Read the original research article below
Soil Restoration & Remediation
Superfund Sites & Organic Contaminants
Local soil fungi don’t just stop at productive agricultural soils. They’re even in creosote-oozing polluted soils and can break down all sorts of contaminants if adequately identified and supported.
We Are Live
lauren shares how Local Fungi can break down pollutants
Interviews featuring Dr. Lauren Czaplicki
Podcasts & Media
Interested in learning more? Check out the collection of media featuring us.
- “Bierend writes with sensual verve and specificity, enthusiasm, and humor. . . . [He] introduces us to the staggering variety of mushrooms, their mystery, their funk, and the way they captivate our imaginations.”—The Boston Globe
- Available in audiobook, kindle versions too