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Thursday, August 17
 

10:30am PDT

Fungi and Agricultural Hemp: Combined Product Opportunities

Why should the hempsters and mycophiles join forces? Symbiosis….

A conversation regarding the potential in to combine industrial hemp and mycological properties with an eye to product R&D, product development, economic development and even cost effective environmental remediation.

Both components have similar product capabilities (sugars, xylitol, fiber, lignin, medicines, plastics, cosmetics, etc…) and have a high probability of synergistic properties in processed components, agricultural products, brownfield cleanup and in business applications.

Investors are looking for the next big product to launch, and make a fair profit in the process. In today’s climate of cultural shifting to better business practices even Wall Street and Hi-Tech investors are opting for cleaner and more modest ROI on products and services that can boast “green” (and mean it), B Corps qualified or just offer honest old-fashioned good business practices – with no gender harassment stains on their products.

The combination of hemp and mushrooms may be just that next big – and sustaining - for investors, government agencies, research labs, and private business. This is a unique opportunity to examine the pros and cons of consciously creating plans to serve the entire supply chain with two products easily integrated into the Colorado manufacturing line-up.

We will examine and discuss the pros and cons of why serious mushroom people should start collaborating with serious hemp processors / researchers. What better place to start the conversation than in Telluride?


Fungi and Agricultural Hemp

Combined Product Opportunities



Speakers
avatar for Penelope Zeller

Penelope Zeller

Penelope is a project coordinator, business researcher and product placement specialist. Successfully serving in the medical, high end retail, minerals and gems, food, land use/zoning, government, mortgage fraud and manufacturing trades, her unique ability to see trends across industries... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am PDT

Dedicated to Decay: How Fungi Unravel the Fabric of Life

Common saprophytic fungi include brown rots such as Laetiporus and Phaeolus, white rots such as Pleurotus and Trametes, and litter decomposers such as Agaricus and Agrocybe. These fungi have one important fact in common. They decompose dead plants, the bulk of which is plant cell wall material. Cellulose and lignin make up plant cell walls, and are the two most abundant organic compounds on earth. Cellulose is a relatively simple polysaccharide, and even though very few animals have the enzymes to digest it, saprophytic fungi do, and have been using cellulose as an abundant food source for hundreds of millions of years. Lignin presents an entirely different set of problems for decomposers. It is a complex polyphenolic compound, having evolved in part precisely to protect plant cells from the ravages of fungal and insect attack. The complex mechanisms and enzymes employed by lignin-digesting fungi are finally beginning to be elucidated, and they are revealing some intriguing connections. Could fungal bioluminescence be tied to the process of lignin decomposition by white rot fungi? Could the synthesis of polyphenolic compounds of plants, animals and fungi be related to their protective, toxic, and/or medicinal potentials? 



Speakers
avatar for Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

Bob Cummings is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Santa Barbara City College.  He retired in 2012 having taught courses in Plant Biology at SBCC since 1973.  Since retiring from the classroom he continues to develop and offer an online course in Plant Diversity. Bob came to Santa... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm PDT

The Role of Fungi in Human Health and Disease
An overview of the role that fungi play in keeping us healthy and killing us. This talk will discuss the latest understanding of the fungal microbiome and its possible role in modulating the immune system, the uses of phalloidin from Amanita phalloides in cancer research, and fungal diseases ranging from ergotism to athlete's foot to deadly fungal brain abscesses. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman

Jonathan Reisman is an internist and pediatrician who has practiced medicine in Arctic Alaska, Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Nepal Himalaya. He is a mushroom forager with interests in travel and prehistoric crafts and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Discover magazine... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 18
 

1:30pm PDT

Remediation in the Mycorrhizosphere
Decomposer fungi often steal the spotlight when it comes to discussions on mycoremediation. But did you know that many soil-dwelling fungi can also degrade toxic pollutants, accumulate heavy metals, and reduce the impacts of environmental disturbances? In this talk, join Peter for a tour of the underground world of mycorrhizal fungi and the various means by which they can be cultivated and applied in landscapes to reduce pollutant loads and increase environmental and human resilience.

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources... Read More →


Friday August 18, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 19
 

10:30am PDT

Mycoremediation Toolkit
In this presentation we will discuss the essential toolkit for mycoremediators to successfully mitigate pollution from damaged areas. These include tools and strategies for the citizen scientist leading a community project or the environmental engineer dealing with an oil spill. 

Speakers
avatar for Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Radical Mycology
Peter McCoy is a founder and author of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last 8 years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Director of Operations, Myco Alliance, LLC
Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in the USA, Mexico, and Ecuador through hands-on workshops and interactive classes. Daniel is an experienced... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

11:30am PDT

Culturing and Maintaining Entomopathogens as Mycopesticides
Mycopesticides are on the rise and becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. Isolating and maintaing the cultures requires different lab skills to ensure their potency and target specific qualities that make them better suited than chemical pesticides. Tradd Cotter teaches a few tips and tricks for training and maintaining these fungi to do what they do best using bioregional strategies and crop specific isolations.

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm PDT

Conservation of Fungi-Dependent Livelihoods in Indigenous Mapuche Communities in Southern Chile
Speakers
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Executive Director / Founder of Fundacion Fungi, Giuliana Maria Furci George-Nascimento has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable drive to study Chile's fungi has led her to travel the country looking for fungal fruit bodies in different environments and ecosystems... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm PDT

Growing Fungi for Farm Diversity and Resilience
As our planet rapidly changes, we must find solutions to retain and build resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore our alliance with fungi which provides farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services, and provide food and medicine for our communities and the planet.   We will discuss advanced techniques for mushroom growing and how to use mycelium as solutions to grow a regenerative agriculture. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Mark Jones operates Sharondale Mushroom Farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.  He grows gourmet and medicinal  mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and a diverse garden with small fruit, fiber, and flowering plants.  He teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation and designing perennial... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Telluride High School Cafeteria 721 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Sunday, August 20
 

10:00am PDT

Fighting Social Injustice with Mycology 
Access to good information on Mycology  is becoming more available everyday, with a growing diversity of educators the information is being disseminated into communities where many other sciences aren't able to reach. Around our country we see a need for jobs, and regeneration of disturbed ecosystems. Mushroom farms are perfect models of Ecologically Regenerative Sustainable Micro Industries. 

Speakers
avatar for William Padilla

William Padilla

William Padilla-Brown is a Social entrepreneur, Urban Shaman, Citizen Scientist,  Poet, Mycologist, Amateur Phycologist, and a Certified Permaculture designer. William has spent most of his life traveling the world, stopping at such places as The Pyramid of the Sun, Olmec Ruins in... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435