The transition from current innovation and sustainability which depends on the degenerative system to the regen- erative system that can provide positive influence over earth’s ecosystem including humans is required. Regenerative system connects wastes derived from individual systems of lineary composed domains by closed loop, and utilizes them as resources to accom- plish utmost resource efficiency.
At late carboniferous higher fungi emerged as a result of evolution thus the circulation of natural resources had completed. Wood waste that had not been decomposed and being stacked then started to decompose and later used as nutrition to other organisms. Such a process of resource development via fungi enriched natural capital and yielded ground for biodiversity. Mycel Project believes in fungi & mushrooms that they can save our future by decomposing the plastics and industrial waste within the natural circulation system and turn them into new resources and make our efforts in research and development.
The core capacity of Mycel project is our will to accomplish natural capitalism ‒ a sustainable circular economy ‒ by biomimicry using mold and mushroom fungi. Fungi-based bioprocess developed by Mycel project turn city wastes into circular resources and its waste later returns to the nature to enrich the natural capital. Following above the natural waste is processed into materials and after its usages return to the nature.
Mycel project reserves and controls about 430 strains of mushroom and 13 strains of edible fungi which were harvested from the nature. By hybridization, mutagenesis, and gene editing(CRIS- PR), we modify or develop them to fit to the usage of target industry.
By using biochemical and controlling of variables such as CO2, light, moisture, and air way we modify micro-struc- ture and control the cell components during the growth of fungi in order to adjust material strength or nutritional composition of fungi. In addition, we improve the growth rate of fungi and lead them to produce high value-added by-products by design- ing mediums that best fit to each fungi.
To improve productivity of unique bio-process and achieve mass production capability, we are developing multi-purpose culture devices capable of micro-con- trolling the environmental factors as well as robotics supported smart factory, in order to build fungi-based materials smart factory in 2022.
In order to materialize the mycelium and byproduct which are gained during the bio-process, we are lined-up with researchers of interdisciplinary backgrounds such as chemistry, biochemistry, mechanical engineering and facility engineering.
Our mission is inspiring customers with a variety of imagi- nations, thus making ground for them to take responsibili- ty for future generations, all nonhuman lives, the poor and marginalized and encouraging them to change, in order to create a huge movement for transition to a regenerative system altogether.