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Nebraska student creates eco-friendly mushroom boat

Katy Ayers is a student at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. She made a canoe out of mushrooms on a school grant, and her 8-foot boat is made from “mycelium, the dense, fibrous roots of the mushroom that typically live beneath the soil. Ayers named the vessel ‘Myconoe’.

Ayers said she believes fungi can help solve some environmental problems. “Mushrooms are here to help us – they’re a gift. There’s so much we can do with them beyond just food. It’s so limitless. They’re our biggest ally for helping the environment,” she told NBC News.

Image: Katy Ayers 

Miss Ayers’ goal was to raise broader awareness about mushrooms. “Mushrooms can be used for everything from household insulation to furniture to packaging, replacing plastics, Styrofoam and other materials that are hard to recycle and harmful to the environment.”

Ayers said canoes like these can also be fabricated in Hawaii and she invited BYU-Hawaii students to try using it for their projects.


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