Ep. 76: Mycorenewal - Ecological Restoration, Microbial Ecology & Bioremediation (feat. Mia Maltz PhD)

Today on Mushroom Hour we are joined by the incredible myco-maven Mia Maltz PhD. As a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Biomedical Sciences at UC Riverside, her research focuses on fungal communities and functional ecology in novel ecosystems, including pumice plains, drying lakebeds, and the lung mycobiome. Mia studied at the University of California, Irvine where she received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with an emphasis on Ecological Restoration and Fungi. Her dissertation work in Kathleen Treseder’s Lab of Fungi, Ecosystems, and Global Change looked at the effects of habitat fragmentation and ecosystem degradation on fungal community composition and function. For her dissertation research, Mia investigated whether restoration techniques affect fungi and evaluated the efficacy of methods for restoring mycorrhizal fungal function within degraded landscapes. As an ecologist working at the interface of community ecology, biogeography, and mycology, her work broadly focuses on community responses to environmental perturbations, which feedback to influence plant and fungal community structure and ecosystem functioning.   


  • Discovering a Passion for Permaculture & Ecological Restoration  
  • The Power of Showing Up & Making Connections  
  • Importance of Surveys Prior to Any Course of Bioremediation  
  • Functions of Different Mycorrhizal Fungi  
  • Roles of Saprobic Fungi & Pathogenic Fungi in Ecological Restoration   
  • Plant and Microbial Communications  
  • Importance of Precautionary Principle  
  • Ecological BioStimulation & BioAugmentation  
  • Founding of CoRenewal & Amazon MycoRenewal Project  
  • Open-Source Research Protocols  
  • Future Economic Significance of Bioremediation  
  • Environmental Justice   
  • Dust Microbiome & Fungal Ecosystems in the Air  
  • Women in Mycology  


1 comment

  • Guy, I enjoy your podcast programs. Good job! But today I feel irritated you never touch on the dangers of fungi. Let me explain. I gathered and brought home rich soil and mulch from the mountains to grow seedlings and improve my soil. Little did I realize I was also bringing cytospora fungi in the mulch. Now a number of cottonwood trees on my property are infected and dying of cytospora fungi infection. I live in a seasonally dry and stressed climate , especially with recent droughts. The cytospora is wreaking havoc and killing my beautiful trees!! You should do a program and recognize how serious fungal spread and damage in trees and cultivated plants can be, IMO.
    Kind regards,
    Dean Portman

    Dean Portman

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