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The term decompiculture is a neologism coined by forestry professor Timothy Myles of the Urban Entomology Program at the University of Toronto and refers to how decomposing organisms, like termites, could be grown or cultured for a variety of uses.

Myles proposes that people could live in symbiosis with termites by utilizing them in landfills to decompose waste, to improve soils by composting materials, to detoxify hazardous substances, and to produce biomass for animal feed and production of biochemicals. He speculates that decompiculture could eventually become a new biological field that could have significant and important impacts on both humans and termites.

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Bustle

Bustle
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:03:45 -0700

... will increase its biodegradability — because it's embedded heavily with mushroom spores. The Burial Project also has a Decompiculture Society, which embraces the organic process of bodily decomposition as a natural process and a seriously good thing.
 
Huffington Post
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:33:09 -0700

The outside of the body is applied with a "Decompiculture Makeup" containing "dry mineral makeup and dried mushroom spores and a separate liquid culture medium." Combined with the suit, the spores are activated to grow and start breaking down the body ...

Mother Nature Network (blog)

Mother Nature Network (blog)
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:45:06 -0700

The outside of the body is applied with a "Decompiculture Makeup" containing "dry mineral makeup and dried mushroom spores and a separate liquid culture medium." Combined with the suit, the spores are activated to grow and start breaking down the body ...
 
Gizmag
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:08:47 -0700

A group called the Decompiculture Society has been formed to support the project and is made up of such people as green burial providers, health-care workers, and curious individuals. Infinity Burial Project updates are available by registering at the ...
 
Wired.co.uk
Thu, 14 Jul 2011 03:28:17 -0700

I'll be posting today details of some of the stronger talks on stage at TED Global in Edinburgh this week. Jae Rhim Lee is worried that the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been found in 93 percent of people aged six and older. She is concerned that, ...
 
BBC News
Sat, 16 Jul 2011 01:08:44 -0700

Artist Jae Rhim Lee wants to spread the idea of decompiculture - which encourages people to allow their dead bodies to be eaten by mushrooms as an altogether more organic way of dying. She has, apparently, already got some volunteers although whether ...
 
Geek.com
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:23:06 -0700

It also comes with “Decompiculture Makeup,” a two-part makeup process which is made up of a mixture of dry mineral makeup and dried mushroom spores, and a separate liquid culture. When you combine the liquid with the dry mineral makeup and apply ...
 
Wired.co.uk
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:41:57 -0700

Some TED fellows are pure art: I met Jae Rhim Lee, a visual artist and designer who has developed the Infinity Burial Project, an alternative burial method she calls "corpse decompiculture". "I'm training an edible mushroom to digest my discarded hair ...
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