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Re: Re:Contaminated soil.......

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Re:[cg]Contaminated soil.......
  • From: "Mike McGrath" MikeMcG@PTD.net
  • Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 19:00:01 -0400

Ha! I agree--Paul knows his Grey Guys, all right! I had forgotten him saying there were 'shrooms that do this, but he has and there are.
---McG
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kris Holstrom" <kholstrom@gmail.com>
To: "Diane Dodge" <dianefaydodge@hotmail.com>
Cc: <community_garden@mallorn.com>; <plantlot@rcn.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:41 PM
Subject: Re: [cg] Re:[cg]Contaminated soil.......


I'd highly recommend contacting ACI Bioremediation, the EM (effective
microorganism) folks, and even Paul Stamets at Fungi Perfecti
(fungi.com<http://fungi.com>).
Paul has done work with oyster mushrooms cleaning up toxic waste fields,
including hydrocarbons and even nastier contaminants. He teaches an annual
class on mycoremediation - using fungi to remediate land. The ACI and EM
folks use bacteria to do similar work. Both would, I think, do a clean up
job more quickly and be more easy to control than the earthworms.
Kris Holstrom
Organic Farmer

On 9/22/05, Diane Dodge <dianefaydodge@hotmail.com> wrote:

Lenny and all,

On Sep. 22 Lenny Librizzi wrote the following:
It will be a fertile ground for the remediation scientists. Maybe
earthworms might be one of the solutions. I just read an interesting
book, The Earth Moved : On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, by
Amy Stewart and she writes about worms being used in some remediations
including removing the odor from biosolids (dried sewage sludge. Should we
be sending worms from our compost piles to help start the soil healing
process?

Earthworms can be a mixed blessing. Since most of those in current use in
vermiculture(and for fish bait) are exotics and have no natural enemies in
our native soils, they can be a problem if not contained to do their
valuable work. Our experience in Minnesota is detailed in the following
website:

http://www.nrri.umn.edu/worms/

Peace,
Diane Dodge


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