In this post:
It depends upon where you are with your idea
…and where you are in the world: Africa, Australia, Belgium, Serbia, Thailand, India
…at the bottom other posts & MycoComposite Material suppliers
the above photo: Haeckels – For outer packaging of our glass containers in both retail and during transit, mushroom derived mycelium was adopted. An incredibly versatile, all-natural & 100% bio-degradable material that is mouldable to any silhouette and not only houses seeds of wild flora in its rigid walls, but fertilises them when the outer packaging is discarded after use; a more eco-conscious unboxing experience.
There must be people all around planet Earth with ideas for which Mycelium might work. I find that my posts on Mycelium are the most popular on my blog.
Update on some of the “Mycelium in Industry” pioneers:
I believe both Ecovative and Mogu have put “mycelium in construction”: on “the back burner”.
Bottom line, I found in Ecovative’s FAQs: Products not commercially available:
• Mushroom Insulation, • Mycoboard, • Tiny houses, • Building materials, • Panels
>>Ecovative, is happily expanding their mushroom packaging operation to a facility 4x bigger Paradise Packaging Co. (See under Suppliers) They have announced the Mycelium Foundry One— an advanced research facility for mycelium. Their first project from the Foundry is to go big time into mycelium meat: Atlast Food Co. They are also assisting other projects in mycelium-based cell culture scaffolding with their latest kit: Excell, for applications in the alternative meat industry, etc.
>>Mogu, is marketing their floor and acoustic tiles, but they also have opened up a Lab: MOGU PURA LAB Growing the Future of Materials and Food
Starting from the beginning?
Assisting people to network and spread information is my goal. I continue to search for tools to help. Maybe something among these additional suggestions will help you with your plans………………….
Are you just starting? Take a look at some of my posts on how to grow with mycelium. This is one of them.
It depends upon where you are with Your idea….
At the present time, ordering some Grow-It-Yourself Mycelium composite material, to try it with your Idea, is possible in North America and Europe. Or you can try the Mycotech intership in Indonesia for “hands-on” experience. See the list at the end of this post.
Have you tried it out and decided that, Yes, mycelium might be good for your idea?
Now it is time to get serious and consider taking in a basic “grow mushroom” workshop or course.
What organic waste to use to grow your particular mycelium material – your “substrate”.
What works the fastest?
What substrate will have the best properties for your target purpose?
What waste material is easy to get in your part of the world?
How much do you already know about growing mushrooms/mycelium?
These are the first questions to ask yourself.
Where are you in the world?
If it is hard for you to get the Grow-It-Yourself Mycelium Composite Material kit – consider a mushroom course or workshop in your region of planet Earth. You will be able to start a very useful dialog with most people that work with mushrooms. “Substrate” design or recipes is the beginning of any mushroom or mycelium project, no matter what the target result. It makes a lot of sense to get some controlled experience with mycelium/mushroom of any kind, before experimenting with you idea.
So lets see what I have here that might help you:
South African Gourmet Mushroom Academy®
Steering the Academy: Managing Director, Dr W. Adriaan Smit
Dr. Smit has trained entrepreneurs from various African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi and Nigeria, and around the world.
A major emphasis in the Academy’s education is Substrate Design; an important part of any work with mycelium.
More help with your R&D:
Mushroom Substrate Design Calculator
On Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 1:40 PM Dr W. Adriaan Smit <[email protected]> wrote:
Good Day Lesley,
Interesting! Thanks for the information.
To get colonization in the shortest period of time (no matter for what purpose) you need to understand substrate design. Your viewers might thus be interested in our
Substrate Design Calculator
The substrate is what the mycelium grows in. For e.g. mycelium-based building material or mycelium-based environmentally friendly packing material, the process will be stopped when fully colonized.
However, if not purposely stopped by drying at the end of this spawn run stage, the colonized substrate (@65-72% moisture content) will initiate the fruiting body (mushroom) stage.
Cost-effective shiitake mycelium-based building blocks for maximum strength, for example, need a special formulation which can be accurately planned with the Substrate Design Calculator.
We also run courses on substrate design
Keep up the good work!
Regards, Adriaan Smit
Where does the Academy hold courses?
SOUTH AFRICA Boardroom Training in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London
GLOBAL Distance Education: e-Learning or Correspondence
INTERNATIONAL Boardroom Training: in Berlin, DE, Singapore, Hong Kong All in August 2020, and the island of Mauritius in October 2020
Also For Africa, Kenya:
Mushroom Kenya is a one stop farm for mushroom solutions. We are one of the mushroom farms in Kenya that produces White button mushrooms, White & Grey oyster mushrooms and Reishi Ganoderma mushrooms grown organically under high hygienic conditions. We offer; Mushroom Products, Mushroom training and mentorship, Mushroom Consultancy, we help farmers build mushroom houses, Mushroom house for rent in Kajiado, Mushroom guides & reference materials, Mushroom Inputs and Machinery shop & more.
Delicious Mushroom Kenya was started in a school Library at Mount Kenya University in Nairobi, Kenya
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020, [email protected] wrote:
Dear Ms. Lesley,
We are currently doing a small research on using mycelium to grow textile, furniture and packaging material. However we are in our initial stages. At the moment, what we might be offering to interested persons is some information on how to use mycelium to make such items that later we would document as a course.
In case of any querries, dont hesitate to reach us.
Founder Mushroom Kenya,
In my last post on mycelium in construction, I mentioned the work of Swinburne School of Design with the Catalonia IAAC. 3D printed nylon forms were created and used as the scaffold for mycelium cultivation. And here is the guy who helped them with their mycelium material. Russell Whittam, Aussie Mushroom Supplies Ltd
On Sat, Feb 15, 2020 Russell Whitta <[email protected]> wrote:
I’ve done lots of work with universities the last few years. I supply them with substrate for making molds and shapes etc. out of mycelium.
I’ve also shown some universities how to make their own material, as well.
I’ve got a new product coming out later this year – for making things – just add water, spawn and mold the material. Then let it grow. I will let you know when it is available.
Always happy if i can offer any help for any project. Happy to help where I can 🙂
Aussie Mushroom Supplies Ltd
Also For Australia:
MYCOmmunity is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at increasing community awareness about fungi and making scientific training, equipment and resources available to citizen mycologists.
We’re based out of the BioQuisitive laboratory in Melbourne, Australia. We also try to hold events in different areas around Victoria.
We run regular mushroom cultivation workshops. These include 3 hour beginners workshops that focus on methods that don’t require expensive equipment or a science background. We also run more in-depth or specialist workshops, as well as workshops at community gardens.
Our mushroom cultivation courses teach skills that can be applied to growing mushrooms or using fungi for bioremediation; biological corrective actions to address and fix a deficiency or restore a landscape from civilian or industrial activity. We focus on environmental sustainability and teach techniques that don’t require expensive laboratory equipment or a scientific background.
We aim to make scientific skills, training and equipment more accessible to the general public so that they can contribute more effectively to mycology.
We are convinced that the composition of the substrate in/on which the mycelium is produced is of utmost importance.
Mycelia is the only spawn company that adapts her spawn recipes to the species. This ensures that the enzymes, necessary for the breakdown of the targeted mushroom substrate, are ready to induce rapid and successful incubation.
Founded in 1985 by mycologist Magda Verfaillieis, Mycelia is a professional spawn and mycelium culture laboratory; offering training in Mycelium technology, mushroom substrates and more.
Mycelia offers technology “à la carte”
Mycelia shares its 25 years of commercial spawn-production experience through technological training.
In general terms, Mycelia organizes four types of support:
1. Substrate and mushroom production – group training
Next course: March 9 – March 13, 2020
In only 5 days you will learn everything you need to start or improve your mushroom business. Training in cooperation with Jürgen Kynast. We welcome existing and would-be growers to this in-depth course.
2. Spawn production – group training
3. Spawn production – individual training
4. Lab design and consultancy/individual
Mycelia uses her know-how and technology to help design projects. These involve mostly drawing the lay-out of new labs and production units or re-organizing existing labs. These projects are accepted all year round.
We design uncomplicated as well as HI-Tec spawn laboratories for commercial output. We deal with start-up issues of such production units, offering the correct solution for each.
*continuous R&D efforts made available to our customers
*Flexible technological assistance
*Spawn lab lay-out and organization
*Sales and installation of machines including the training of personnel in our premises
*follow-up and adjustment assistance with production processs, at all phases
For our curriculum: check the list of implemented trainings
* Our students come from all regions of the world.
A 4 day course – composite materials from mycelium
On Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 12:04 PM Kasper Moreaux <[email protected]> wrote:
The planning is finished, the MycoMaterial course content is prepared. It is only setting the date for the first course that has not been set yet. We were hoping for the first week of March, but could not finalize with our instructors.
The course content is something like this:
Part I: Introduction to substrate production: components, mixing, humidification, filling, sterilization, incubation, growing systems:
1: Agar preparation
2: Design your own substrate
Biology: relevant general biology, role of enzymes
3: Pouring agar under LAF
Part II: Bacteria and fungi (cell structure and multiplication, perfect and imperfect Fungi: classification and life cycle including Ingredients and consumables)
1: Practical substrate preparation in Mycelia’s workshop (selection of ingredients, steps in the process, examples of filling and mixing machines, pH and dry matter measurement)
2: Improving the structure of substrates (water & air; characteristics and role of different additives)
3: Demonstration of incubation of substrates (good and bad examples, discussion)
Part III: Dealing with micro-organisms in substrate production: presence of propagules in the air, cleanroom classes, air quality control, use of LAF, overpressure, rules of conduct
Biological approach of different production stages: incubation, ripening, fructification
Incubation and ripening phases: climate conditions, temperature vs. time
Since we are in full planning to go online with our other group trainings in 2020, we are considering to do the same for the Mycomaterial training. Perhaps, a course that starts online, and finishes with an “on location” final 2 day session for “hands-on” interaction.
It would reduce the cost of transport, lodging and training fees. Considering the start-up phase most of the MycoMaterial people are in, this could prove to be a wise choice. Will keep you updated,
Of course if there are people very interested in this MycoMaterial course, we would like to hear from them. It could help us plan the first date for the course.
Winner of the Mushroom Industry Award 2019
Veldeken 27, 9850 Deinze, Belgium
[email protected] | www.mycelia.be
Upcoming Course 22-29 March, 2020 !
With 30 years experience farming mushrooms in a variety of conditions, we help you avoid costly errors and build a profitable, sustainable and self-gratifying business. Slash startup costs by knowing what’s what: start tall on our shoulders.
The key to success is an intimate understanding of the fungi as a living being — one with its own character, needs and weaknesses. This is exactly the approach we take at the Ekofungi School in Belgrade, Serbia.
To date, the Ekofungi School has already trained more than 100 people from all around the world!
Get the hands-on, learn by doing experience you need to jump-start your mushroom project, with no waste from compost preparation, to growth, harvest and distribution.
>Our lectures include: fungal biology, substrate production, cultivation set-up, spent substrate recycling, organic certification
>Hands-on workshops: substrate preparation, inoculation & bagging,
>Mushroom business basics: together design a blue-print for your own sustainable mushroom farm
>Ekofungi has recently started collaboration with our colleagues in Colombia on myco construction material insulation… But here it is still in development.
>In the development of proper substrate preparation for mycelium growing, whether to use the substrata for construction purposes or for fruit body harvesting…. the process and biology are the same. We understand that these other uses of mycelia should be considered and studied and in time included in our school curriculum. Take a look at our manual, for some interesting information about mushroom cultivation.
Sistem Eko Fungi
Organic mushroom and Organic vegetable production in Serbia is the basis of our experience, in which we have delivered our spent mushroom substrata to our local if struggling organic farmers. We decided to purchase all their extra produce in order for them to survive, but also to market our Organic mushrooms & veggies, dried and packaged for various cooking uses.
I am not expert in composite material farming but I believe having the basics is the very first step. At MushroomWorld we have training course for people who are interested into mushroom cultivation. For all training details see our website.
1-day hands-on mushroom cultivation workshop – Need to get a head-start on mushroom cultivation? Our 1-day training option is perfect to cover all the loose ends between theory and practice and we’ve put together an easy to follow and practical guide to ensure the success of your first harvest.
We also have 3 day intensive training for aspiring mushroom farmer. Flexible training schedule may be available upon request at no extra charge. Call us/send us an email for your queries.
As to your question regarding lodging and meals for the longer mushroom training, you can find it in the 3 day course. We cover full board&room and 2 way airport transfer.
Mushroom World Homestays are a great way to pay something back into local communities and get an authentic feel for local life.
Walnut shell | mycelium WS01 recipe
Calcium carbonate composites From the “recipe website” Materiom
Created By: Laboratorio de Biofabricación FADEU, Sebastian Rodriguez [email protected] They have prepared a manual about their work that I believe to be in Spanish. They are in Chile.
You will find their recipe for their composites on the upper link
This is the only mycelium recipe at Materiom, but you will find other useful recipes on their website including Agar.
Joining the website is free and the idea is to create a community of people interested in collecting such recipes for materials and who want to keep developing content, sharing or testing the recipes. We are working now in a 2.0 version of the website that would allow you to know more about biomaterials and their properties.
Nature’s Recipe Book: Materiom
For billions of years, terrestrial and marine habitats have thrived in producing vast quantities of materials, all without landfill or waste. It’s time we took notes.
How to isolate mycelium to grow culture: India
Winne Poncelet offered this on a BioFab Forum Post:
Following a question from a forest walk during a training this weekend, I wanted to share a short video on how to isolate mycelium from a mushroom. The is the basic outline of the video:
1. You want a sterile culture of your mushroom
The mushroom you have is not sterile itself (eg. it was in the forest, in a shop, …) However, the inside of the mushroom is sterile. The inside of the mushroom consists of mycelium.
You desinfect the outside of the mushroom in sterile conditions
You cut open the mushrooms with a sterile tool in sterile conditions
You put the sterile piece of mycelium in your culture medium that you prepared before . In the video it’s a liquid growth medium, but you can also use a solid one like Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA). (You can find Agar recipes in the Materiom section, just before this one.)
You let the culture grow at the right conditions. To know the right conditions you need to have a vague idea of the species. The conditions of the climate where you found it are a good indication.
Indospore, that made the video is in India:
Small Business concerns about how to join the Circular Economy and other eco-issues are the motive for my blog. Tell me what you are looking for. Maybe I can help you find it.
Additional posts, you can take a look at – about Mycelium:
Mycelium R&D Projects
Mycelium in Fashion Marketing – One Approach
May 2019 Mycelium in Industry update: Construction, Packaging, Textile, Furniture, +
June 2019 Mycelium Composites? Hands-on – How to do it yourself
October 2019 Mycotecture? more-Mycelium in Construction
March 2020 “Mycelium in Industry” Where else can you get information, help, assistance?
March 2020 Mycelium in Construction?…some tangible progress
October 2020 Mycelium Is IN Textile/Fashion – 2020
….all of which can be the foundation of thousands of Local Future Businesses
Mycelium in Industry – Ancient and New
Suppliers of Mycelium Composite Material, around the world:
>Mr. Russell Whittam, www.aussimushroomsupplies.com.au,
I’ve done lots of work with universities the last few years; supplying them with substrate and how to make their own materiel, etc. as well.
I’ve got a new product coming out about mid-2020 – for making things – just add water, spawn and mold the material. Then let it grow. Contact him at: [email protected]
>Grown.bio – has a license agreement with Ecovative Design.
their new MycoComposite™ kits consist of only LIVING mushroom material and are supplied to the EU countries. Possible also for geographical Europe, but customs clearances must be taken care of by the person making the order.
Grown.bio is now supplying the Mycelium Composite ™ material to insulate buildings. They have insulated class rooms in an Amsterdam school building and in a house in a village near Rotterdam. Scroll down to Building & Architecture products here. They have supplied the MycoComposite™ to many of the projects taking place in Europe, recently, that have been mentioned in my posts. Grown.bio sells other things made from MycoComposite™.
Ecovative is speaking to several potential parties about opening a Mushroom Packaging operation in India. It’s too early for names, but they hope to have a partner qualified by the end of next year.
>MYCL, Mycotech Lab has an internship program. It makes a lot of sense to get some controlled experience with mycelium. MYCOTECH Lab produces and sells, mycelium board composite panels BIOBO, and supplied the labor and material for the MycoTree project.
> Bio Fab NZ a new company/website that Ecovative has lincensed in New Zealand.
> The Magical Mushroom Company a new company/website in the UK. (Ecovative)
>Grow-It-Yourself Kits for MycoComposite™ are now available direct from Ecovative’s Grow.bio. Here you will find all instructions, learning, and purchasing information. Grow.bio, however, only ships the MycoComposite™ material within North America.
>Ecovative Design has transferred all their Mushroom Packaging production equipment to a facility 4x bigger at Paradise Packaging Co. The new company and new website offer you more information about the mushroom packaging material and how it works. As always, the company is also happy to discuss licensing.
>The Mushroom Guru, Ash Gordon, that assisted Ms. Katy Ayers with her Myconoe, would be happy to “help people grow mycelium and mushrooms in any capacity“. Nebraska Mushroom LLC, [email protected]
>>>more places around planet Earth:
From Ecovative: “We are finalizing licenses that will soon bring MycoComposite™ to Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Europe. Ecovative receives dozens of licensing inquiries a week. We are establishing licenses to serve markets around the world, in order to reduce cost and carbon footprint when shipping material. A license is in the works for Australia. If you don’t see your location listed now, you can be sure Mushroom® Packaging will be available in your region, soon. Contact Ecovative to get specifics. Or go directly to their Licensee Application form.