On Monday night I attended the inaugural workshop for the BioFoundry, on harvesting mushrooms from spores,  at Nauti Studios, Stanmore. The class was lead by Meow-Ludo Meow Meow one of the BioFoundary Directors and a walking encyclopaedia on all things mushroom.

BioFoundary is Australia’s first community lab space for citizen scientists. It provides a regular home for BioHackSydney meetings and will be running classes in addition to providing lab space for interested people. The BioFoundry was launched two weeks ago and is housed in an exceptionally cosy lab as part of a larger warehouse space. The BioFoundry provides Sydney’s first open access molecular biology and PC1 Lab and is well equipped with a PCR thermocycler, Microscopes (phase contrast, compound, dissecting), Electrophoresis equipment (gel baths, power packs, etc), Carbon Dioxide incubator (now just being used as a regular incubator), a Massive Centrifuge and a Fridge/freezer (-20C).

Meow-Ludo Meow Meow was an enthusiastic and informative teacher with a small class learning the basics of mushroom propagation, inoculation and sterilisation. Upcoming classes include BioHacking101 and the centre also encourages drop in and bookings by “citizen” scientists. For more information on the BioFoundry you can visit their website (although its pretty minimal at the moment). BioFoundry is at Level 2/ 152 Parramatta Road, Stanmore.

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