Frequently Asked Questions


What is mycelium?

Mycelium is a type of fungus that enters into a symbiotic relationship with a plant by merging with the plant’s root system. The plant gives the mycelium 40% of its carbon in exchange for increasing it’s roots’ reach one hundred fold and allowing it to access rate limiting nutrients like prosperous. The mycelium network also protects the plant 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 ability to sequester green house 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 on mycelium’s ability to sequester carbon and even share it with other trees.

Here’s NPR’s podcast by Suzanne Simard’s How Do Trees Collaborate?

What types of plants will mycelium inoculate?

Mycelium inoculates over 80% of plant species.

Can mycelium be an invasive species?

Mycelium shares the same genome globally.

Is it possible to drawdown CO2?

Yes. We have been pulling nitrogen out of the atmosphere since 1905 so pulling down CO2 is possible. N2O isn’t pulled out of the atmosphere, but it’s possible to limit the amount released by microbes in the soil.

Do you make anything from the mycelium?

HiveMind leaves the mycelium in the soil where it can continue carbon even after the plant dies. There are companies that are making construction materials, fibers, and fashion out of a different type of mycelium.

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