FUNGUSCHAIN

Mushroom Residue Transformation
Project lead:
Mi-Plast |

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.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Funguschain will use novel cascading processes to extract highvalue molecules from fungal residue to meet end-user needs in the food, cleaning and plastics sectors.

KEY FACTS
Type of Project

BBI
Demo

Start Date

Nov
2016

Duration

4
Years

BBI Funding

€ 2.3
Million

Total Cost

€ 8
Million

PROJECT AIMS

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.

EXPECTED RESULTS
  • 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.