MycoLogic is a company based on a passion for fungi here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Whether its growing them for food or medicine, researching new species, or exploring the potentials of fungi in other realms such as detoxifying the environment or growing 'myco materials', our scope covers anything mushroom related.
Founded in 2017 by Barton Acres, MycoLogic is a continuation of a life-long journey that has been interwoven with fungi. First cultivating mushrooms at a hobby scale in the year 2000, Bart rapidly became obsessed with the fungal world, and foraging, identifying, eating and cultivating as many kinds of fungi as possible. A few years later, this hobby was turned into a business, and in partnership with a couple of good mates they established an urban farm in Dunedin, cultivating gourmet mushrooms for markets in the lower South Island.
Now many years down the line, MycoLogic was established as an evolved manifestation of two decades of working with fungi. Our focus is now on research and development of all things fungi, and empowering mushroom growers at both the home and commercial scales to be successful in their endeavours.
Some of the core elements of MycoLogic's work include:
CULTURES SOURCING AND DEVELOPMENT
A key focus of our work involves finding and breeding new strains of gourmet and medicinal fungi for cultivation in New Zealand. This process begins with many hours spent in the outdoors, finding, identifying, and collecting live samples of wild fungi that are of interest. From here, cultures are trialled in cultivation. The cultures that we have available are the result of years of this process and selecting of the best varieties. Breeding work is ongoing to further improve these strains - a slow and technical, but worthwhile and rewarding process! All of our wild samples are collected with the necessary permits and registrations, including permission by local Iwi.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Not a day goes by where new ideas are not thought of, researched and tested in the MycoLogic workshop and laboratory space. Whether its tweaking substrate mixtures for better yields, through to growing novel species of fungi, or researching the potentials for 'applied mycology' in other spheres like environmental, medical or materials sciences, we are always keen to innovate, trial and test ideas in the real world.
EDUCATION AND CONSULTATION
There's little point in spending years learning about fungi if that knowledge isn't shared. So, a big part of what we do at MycoLogic is to pass knowledge on to growers from around New Zealand. Whether its at our ever popular mushroom cultivation workshops, through published educational materials, or one-on-one conversations with hobbyist or commercial growers, we're here to help! We also host an online group with a community of growers from around the country.
COLLABORATION AND RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
Just like mycelium, us fungi folks are stronger when we network and work together. Collaboration is a huge part of what we do, in any field that we work within. Whether it is building lasting relationships with small scale growers, through to partnering with researchers, educators and Iwi groups on projects in the institutional, community or commercial realms. If you have an idea about fungi and you think we could work together, please don't hesitate to get in touch!