Funguschain is a highly integrated project with a unique consortium specialising in various elements across a range of value chains. It brings together leading scientists and companies, who from the project outset have worked closely together to make this challenging project a success. Funguschain will provide an important example of a new way of working in the bio-based economy,”
Dr Bart van der Burg, Director of Innovation at BDS.
The European mushroom farming industry generates over 60,000 tons of agri-residues each week. Funguschain aims to transform this waste into bio-based additives, bioplasticisers and biopolymers using innovative new procedures.
The project will demonstrate the industrial viability of building a new biorefinery which uses cost-effective extraction technologies and transforms more than 65% of the mushroom waste into valuable additives.
- Make use of new cascading processes in a new biorefinery to extract high-value molecules from fungal residues. Use any remaining residues for composting or biogas synthesis.
- Define, demonstrate and validate five new product types including food supplements, cleaning products, thermoplastic masterbatches, plasticisers and industrial films.
- Improve the environmental performance and cost efficiency of resulting products.
- Boost innovation in agricultural waste management and establish circular economy business models.