The Research Station
The Research Station is a cooperative effort between Myco Alliance and a network of volunteers to promote citizen science research in Central Texas. Located within Circle Acres, the Research Station is fundamental to Myco Alliance’s work by providing the space to host classes, workshops, mycelium production, mushroom cultivation, and cutting edge research. We welcome citizen scientists, students, and professionals from all parts of Texas and abroad to carry out their research projects. The Outdoor Classroom allows our educational programming to flourish. Rainwater Harvesting provides us with the most essential of all resources: WATER. The Mycelium Factory takes what we've learned about Fungal Ecology and mimics these natural processes for mycelium production and mushroom cultivation. Demonstration Areas allow visitors to learn more about outdoor and companion cultivation. The Fungarium stores our Mushrooms of Texas Collection and provides an opportunity for citizen scientists to access mushroom samples year-round.
Myco Alliance has provided classes and hands-on experiences to groups of students and citizen scientists on topics such as applied mycology, environmental remediation, and mushroom cultivation. In addition to the educational programming hosted at Circle Acres, we have helped spread these concepts and project results to external audiences, such as schools and at conferences
Fungi have been utilized for thousands of years and their importance in agriculture, medicine, food production and the environmental sciences is well known. We use the Mycelium Factory to research the ways that fungi can improve the conditions of existing and future industries through a process of converting urban and agricultural by-products into viable substrate for the mycelium, the body of a fungus, to grow on. The mycelium is then used for educational purposes, scientific research, and mushroom cultivation.
The rainwater collected with our system is stored in large storage tanks for both outdoor and indoor uses at the Research Station. Rainwater harvesting helps control stormwater runoff, which reduces the risk of erosion in the gardens and environmentally sensitive areas at Circle Acres. The storage capacity for rainwater is now up to 5,500 gallons using our collection system, helping us save money that can be better spent developing our educational and scientific programing at the site.