Fungal Fellowship: Field & Forest Product's Citizen Science Program
Mushroom/fungi cultivation can be complex and overwhelming endeavors. The USA has 9 climate zones but the implication of temperature range is just the tip of the iceberg regarding fungi. Moisture demand, soil type, flora, fauna, watershed geography are all intrinsically related to understanding the behavior of fungi!
Here at Field and Forest Products, we can test out fungal species and match to wood type with our surrounding ecological niches. We can also mimic niches indoors, attempting to recreate successful environments. While we are able to import some non-local resources to test (for example, agricultural byproducts not grown regionally), it makes so much more sense to attempt experimentation in the region the resources are to be used.
Momentum in the Fungal Community
In the last few years, hundreds of people have discovered mushroom cultivation. And, as a species, we tend to create more questions than answers when starting something new. What a resource we have in our collective curiosity! Science takes methodology, design and careful record keeping to obtain answers that will at least point us in the right direction. So, how can we help? At FFP, we are able to provide both spawn and direction if needed with your project. With more complex questions, we also can help interpret your results.
How do I get Involved?
As with all science projects, asking the question first is the key to good design. If you have a question that has not been answered, let's work together! If you can find an answer, so many fellow cultivators will benefit, moving understanding and appreciation of the fungal world forward.
This is a program in which you can submit a study, or work to answer some of studies we have already designed. We will provide the spawn and guidance, in exchange for your time and communication. Together we can work to build a database of experience and demystify fungi!
Have an idea? Fill out this Citizen Science Application (don't worry, it's short), send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll be in touch! Or, explore the categories below for inspiration!
Interested in collaboration on a larger scale?
Field and Forest Products is committed to research within the industry. We are always open to exploring grant opportunities and forming collaborative partnerships on larger projects. Do you have a research topic? Please contact us to discuss how we can work together!