2018 September General Meeting: William Laird Goss III Bio-remediation (by )

? WHEN: 09/19/2018, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker.

William 'Evergreen' Goss is finishing his second year as a grower for Monterey Mushrooms Inc. at one of the largest organic farms in the industry. He is improving production and sustainability through experimental design, data analysis, and his passion for mycology, which started as a youth in the Pacific Northwest. William graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Plant Genetics and a minor in Fungal Biology and Ecology. He worked for a year in a plant pathology lab, researched nematodes and mycorrhizae at the Agriculture Sustainability Institute, and lived in cooperatives. William worked at two Santa Cruz mountain outdoor schools as a naturalist and gardener. He supports the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, and is involved in pollinator advocacy through pesticide policy reform.
Bio-remediation is an emerging, multi-disciplinary field, full of challenges and promise. Our exposure to industrial pollution and toxins are increasing in our everyday environment. Together, we will dive into the history, present day, and the future of applied research in myco, bacterial, and phytoremediation. Utilizing a diversity of enzymatic functions, plants, fungi, and bacteria alike, can successfully degrade, hyperaccumulate, and remove many anthroprogenic contaminants. Citing both small and large scale projects from around the world, we will learn what we can do as a local community to support a healthier environment