A consortium of European research institutes has developed plastics bags, soap and food, all made from mushroom waste. The European FungusChain project is financed by the European Commission, bringing together 16 partners from 10 European countries.
Irish firm Monaghan Mushrooms, one of the world’s largest mushroom producers, and a partner in the project, has established a mushroom waste treatment centre to carry out the stabilisation, pre-treatment and cascade extraction procedures that have been investigated at FungusChain.
The project has focused on establishing a new biorefinery concept in order to extract molecules in four steps: cold extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, pressurised water extraction and anaerobic digestion.
As reported on plasticsinpackaging.com, the FungusChain consortium involves BioDetection Systems (the Netherlands), Aitiip Technology Center (Spain), the University of Alicante (Spain), Novamont (Italy), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Saponia (Croatia), OWS (Belgium), Biotrend (Portugal), Condensia (Spain), Biozoon (Germany), ECPN (Italy), MiPlast (Croatia), Tecnaro (Germany), Monaghan Mushrooms (Ireland), Total Corbion (the Netherlands) and Neem Biotech (UK).