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  • Fungi may aid in building extraterrestrial habitats says astromycologist

Fungi may aid in building extraterrestrial habitats says astromycologist

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An August 03 2021 article in the Scientific American interviews what they call the first Astromycologist Paul Stamets along with other research teams who are studying how fungi can be leveraged to build extraterrestrial habitats and perhaps someday even terraform planets.

Stamets says plants need minerals, and “pairing fungi up with plants and debris from humans [causes them to] decompose into a form that then creates rich soils that could help generate the foods that astronauts need.” Stamets has identified oyster mushrooms as one of the best species of mushrooms that is able to breakdown regolith, or asteroid dust so far.

According to the Scientific American article, Stamets says that oyster mushrooms are particularly adept at breaking down hydrocarbons and dismantling them, then restructure them into fungal carbohydrates, or sugars. It is possible he says to feed the mushrooms certain nutritional supplements which create a catalytic reaction, which in turn creates more biodiversity.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/space-travels-most-surprising-future-ingredient-mushrooms/

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