Frequently Asked Questions
What is mycelium?
Mycelium is a type of fungus that enters into a symbiotic relationship with plants by merging with the plant’s root system. Plants give the mycelium 40% of their carbon in exchange for increasing their roots’ reach one hundred-fold and allowing them to access rate-limiting nutrients like phosphorus. The mycelium network also protects the plants from predatory bacteria, viruses, and nematodes.
Does Hivemind’s mycelium sprout into mushrooms?
No, our mycelium blend never sprouts into mushrooms.
How much research is there that mycelium sequesters CO2 and N2O?
There are hundreds of peer-reviewed articles about mycelium’s ability to sequester greenhouse gases in symbiosis with plants. We are, to the best of our knowledge, the only company to sequester CO2 in significant amounts in the field. NPR has reported mycelium’s ability to sequester carbon and even share it with other trees.
Here is the link to NPR’s podcast by Suzanne Simard’s “How Do Trees Collaborate?”
What types of plants will mycelium inoculate?
Mycelium inoculates over 80% of all plant species.
Can mycelium be an invasive species?
Mycelium shares the same genome globally.
Is it possible to drawdown CO2?
Yes, humans have been pulling nitrogen out of the atmosphere since 1905 so, pulling down CO2 is possible. N2O is not pulled out of the atmosphere, but it is possible to limit the amount released by microbes into the soil.
Do you make anything from the mycelium?
HiveMind leaves the mycelium in the soil, where it can continue carbon sequestration even after the plant dies. There are companies that are currently making construction materials, fibers, and fashion out of different types of mycelium.