Question: Mycoremediation of cigarettes butts

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audreyspeyer asked on July 17, 2019 12:02
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I would like to know if any of you have already done mycoremediation trials on cigarettes butts? And if yes which species and substrate have you used? What was your end-result and how long did it take? Cheers, Audrey

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I know of studies that show the long-term toxicity of cigarette butts, specifically on snails. But I don't know of any research on remediation. If you're interested in the question of specific characteristics of toxicity that would have to be remediated, see: Booth, D. J., Gribben, P., & Parkinson, K. (2015). Impact of cigarette butt leachate on tidepool snails. Marine pollution bulletin, 95(1), 362-364. Gill, H., Rogers, K., Rehman, B., Moynihan, J., & Bergey, E. A. (2018). Cigarette butts may have low toxicity to soil-dwelling invertebrates: Evidence from a land snail. Science of The Total Environment, 628, 556-561. Kander, M. (2017). Bioaccumulation of Metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Se, and Zn) from Smoked Cigarette Litter in Fish (Rainbow Trout) and Shellfish (Mediterranean Mussels) (Doctoral dissertation, San Diego State University). And a review: Araújo, Maria Christina B., and Monica F. Costa. "A critical review of the issue of cigarette butt pollution in coastal environments." Environmental research (2019).

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Mycoremediation is typically fungi based technology to remove toxins in the land(specifically soil). Mushrooms could be the best use case for Cigarette butts. other than this compost tea, specific fungi type can be used.

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9c5c/e712f08ea270ce8759b5c38ffeab6b247306.pdf https://www.mushroom-revival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Mycoremediation-Book-compressed.pdf

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Here a great zine about mycoremediation (not specifically focused on cigbutts) by Radical Micology:

https://archive.org/download/radicalmicologytexts/Radical_Micology_Mushroom_cultivation_for_remediation.pdf

Here more text on the matter at the bottom of the page: https://wiki.calafou.org/index.php/Soberan%C3%ADa_micol%C3%B3gica

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Thank you everybody! Your help is precious.

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Butts and old 8mm films are made of cellulose acetate. 8mm films are known to be eaten by fungi so maybe we should look on that direction too :)

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Recently found this video by Peter McCoy from Radical Mycology about "training" fungi to digest cigarette butts → https://radicalmycology.com/publications/videos/mushrooms-can-digest-cigarette-filters/

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