MA biodesign

mycelium + waste

Mycelium is the vegetative root of fungi. It is constructed as a mass of hyphae, which are long, branching filamentous structures acting as growth agents. The primary role of mycelium in nature is to decompose organic waste.

The purpose of this project is in relation to the global waste crisis. The aim is to explore the use of mycelium as biological binder to test materials for mycelium growth in upcycled waste. For this specific experiment we used grey oyster grain spawn to inoculate the waste. We took inspiration from fossil surfaces to design a 3D mold using Rhinoceros.

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