Appreciation: Mycelium canoe.

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by togata57, Apr 21, 2020.

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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    How much of CO2 is emitted by fungi each year? More or less than anthropogenic emissions?
     
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    Frog Rising Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thank you for posting this link @togata57 - interesting project!
     
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    Frog Rising Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I like this question @Sulev - I have some pieces of info & ideas to share on this, and I am hoping you and others might have some contributions to add on this.

    • Interestingly we humans through our production of bread, beer, cheese and similar mass production of yeast operations, employ CO2 from fungi at industrial levels to create these foods. I doubt the CO2 is in significant amounts compared with other anthro emissions ... but since humans are in large supply it would be interesting to calculate.
    • CO2 release is required as part of the global system of a balance of various substances, so the normally released amounts by the fungal population overall would presumably be useful.
    • The obligate symbiotic relationships between fungi and over 90% of plants results in fungi indirectly contributing to massive carbon fixation. My impression is that this would be far greater than CO2 emission amounts.
    • Saprobic fungi, breaking down indigestible materials into that which can be digested by plants and animals, could I assume be counted in the contribution to both carbon fixation and release.

    I wonder if there is any material out there on the above questions.
     

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