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dc.contributor.advisorMix, Ken
dc.contributor.authorManara, Stephanie Grace
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-06T18:35:24Z
dc.date.available2015-02-06T18:35:24Z
dc.date.issued2014-08
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5441
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the Honors College, August 2014.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is to investigate how much more could be gained per unit of economic and environmental output by utilizing the energy and resources provided by naturally occurring fungi, particularly mycorrhizal types. With the integration of mycological sciences and production technologies would come the opportunity to grow green energy and business, operating under the economic law of marginal growth, but without conflict of finite resources. A bio-restoration research experiment was done to illustrate this by introducing fungi compost to a plot of blue Hopi maize and comparing its yield characteristics to a plot without the additional fungi introduced. The agricultural applications reveal how food and fiber industries could receive comprehensive cost savings by utilizing free energy from fungi. Beyond the economic value of beneficial fungi, the ecological significance is illustrated; with ways dichotomous producers can benefit concurrently from complete mycological systems. The kingdom of Fungi is largely responsible for recycling all types of fabrication, and can be considered the new paradigm for progressive sustainability in business, when recognized for its energetic technology. Without responsible use of earth’s complex natural systems, life will likely become finite. The natural system emphasized in this essay is the subterranean network of life known as fungi.en_US
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dc.format.extent108 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectMycologyen_US
dc.subjectPermacultureen_US
dc.subjectBiosphereen_US
dc.subjectMicroen_US
dc.subjectRestorationen_US
dc.subjectComposten_US
dc.subjectFungien_US
dc.subjectClosed systemen_US
dc.titleEcological Ecomony: Integrating Beneficial Fungi to Our Production Systemsen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHale, Janet
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineAgriculture
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University


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