We realize that mushroom cultivation is currently the only viable, socially-acceptable, and widespread biotechnology to convert waste into high-quality food, which places a special responsibility on our industry to take the lead in a more resource-efficient circular economy.
Our research and solutions have focused on:
- use of various organic waste streams to prepare substrate for edible and medicinal cellulolytic mushrooms (oyster mushroom, shiitake, ganoderma, etc.),
- use of natural plant-based agents for protection during mushroom cultivation,
- optimization of product quality for mushroom’s role as a functional food (e.g. less pesticides and heavy metals, more micronutrients),
- and productive uses of spent mushroom substrate.
Two international patents applications have been submitted to PCT.
A prototype of our patented substrate preparation for edible and medicinal cellulolytic mushrooms is currently used to prepare substrate for the oyster mushrooms we cultivate. It lowers energy consumption for substrate preparation process by 70-90%, depending on parent material, and enables a wide-array of cellulosic waste to be used for the industrial-scale production of cellulolytic mushrooms. We have successfully tested the following materials in our reactor: straw, sawdust, paper waste, coffee dreg mixed with cardboard, textile industry waste mixed with sawdust, textile industry waste mixed with cardboard, and hard textile waste.
Our patented reactor has been included in a partnership project between Pozega Municipality and a private investor in Croatia, currently in its final stages. Negotiations are ongoing with the Basque Development Agency for a similar project. A MoU has been signed with an investor group in conjunction with the provincial development agency in Limburg, Belgian to make substrate for the production of high-quality rare mushrooms from paper waste.