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The use of filamentous fungi in biomaterials

Fungi mycelia growing on brown cylinders.

Fungal tissues consist of cylindrical cells termed hyphae that form interconnecting networks (mycelia) during the colonization of substrates. The development of mycelia can alter the properties of the colonizing substrate such as strength and hydrophobicity. In this collaborative project with the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of Lund University we develop environmentally friendly building materials with fungal tissues as integrated part of them. The purpose of using the mycelia is to add new valuable features in construction materials at low additional cost.

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