Why is mycelium having a big moment?
In recent years, biotechnology has ramped up. In its wake, scientists have turned their focus on an up-until-then much-neglected universe: fungi. Mycelium is now widely hailed as one of the most promising nature-based systems because of its unique properties.
For instance, mycelium can build predictable structures by controlling temperature, CO2, humidity, and airflow to influence tissue growth. Moreover, it’s a rapid process: the accumulation of threads becomes a visible speck after a few hours and a visible sheet after a day or two. Therefore, mycelium is widely accepted as a promising biomaterial.
Also, because of its decomposition properties, mycelium can be coaxed to break down other materials than it traditionally does. Successful experiments whereby fungi digest plastic and transform it into harmless substances underline the huge regenerating potential of fungi.