For millions of years, fungi have been quietly growing and evolving beneath the surface of the world, decomposing, recycling, and regulating nutrients through ecosystems. As a relatively young species, we humans grew out of an Earth that rested on the foundations of mycelial activity. We depend on fungi to keep the cycles of life in motion. With a keen eye and an inquisitive mind, we can train ourselves to see the threads that tie us to this incredible form of life.
Here at Myceliate, we help to inspire people with a fascination for fungi, restoring a sense of nature connection where we see ourselves as one member of a mycelial web of life that respects biodiversity and holds wild landscapes in reverence. Like fungi that can break down environmental pollutants, we strive to decompose dead and harmful ways of being that damage this beautiful planet we live on.
By learning how to participate in our landscapes positively through conscientious foraging, mushroom cultivation, and ecosystem restoration practices, we can start to shift the mindset of society from consumption and extraction, to restoration and symbiosis, helping to create a more regenerative culture.
David Satori is a mycologist, teacher, science communicator, and an avid enthusiast of plants and fungi. He holds a master’s degree in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity, and Conservation from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and Queen Mary University of London, where he researched how wild relatives of crop plants can be used to adapt our food systems in the face of a changing climate, and had the opportunity to conduct botanical and mycological fieldwork in the rainforest of Madagascar.
In 2018, he launched Myceliate, a fungal conservation initiative dedicated to creating solutions for protecting endangered species of fungi in the UK, as well as teaching people about the importance of fungi in our ecosystems, our health and wellbeing, and the need for ecological restoration. He strongly believes that developing a knowledge of the names and uses of wild plants and fungi will lead to a more regenerative and ecologically aware society.