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Forest Fungal Microbiome to Improve Forestry Outcomes and Address the Climate Crisis

Soils are alive. A handful of soil can contain hundreds of miles of fungal hyphae, microscopic facilitators of soil and plant health. Science is only now beginning to grasp the profound effects incredible soil fungal biodiversity has on forests. This microbial biodiversity fundamentally controls how ecosystems recycle materials, how plants access growth-limiting nutrients, how long-captured carbon resides in soils, and yet we barely understand it.

Founded by ecologist and climate scientist Dr. Colin Averill, Funga, uses the forest fungal microbiome to improve forestry outcomes and address the climate crisis while enhancing beneficial microbial biodiversity.

They combine modern DNA sequencing and machine learning technology with breakthrough research on the forest microbiome to put the right native, biodiverse communities of mycorrhizal fungi in the right place. This leads to more quality wood created more quickly, more carbon sequestered, and more resilient forests.

“An entire galaxy exists below our feet, made up of millions of species of bacteria and fungi. These microscopic organisms have profound effects on forest growth and carbon capture, that until now have been overlooked as a way to accelerate natural climate solutions while also restoring essential microbial biodiversity to our soils,” says Averill in an interview with TechCrunch.

The company’s goal is to sequester at least three billion tons of carbon dioxide through rewilding forests by 2050.

It's time to turn the light below ground to observe soil ecology and build reservoirs of biodiversity.

Check them out:

⌭ @funga_pbc

⌭ @colinaverill

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