Scientists have developed a technology for the production of leather materials from mushrooms
Researchers Demonstrate How To Make Skin Substitutes From Processed Mushroom Mass.
Nowadays, leather is a by-product of meat production, and its synthetic substitutes are usually made from various types of plastics. Environmentalists are skeptical of the first option, and the second – ecologists. Now scientists from the Vienna University of Technology have proposed a new alternative.
They developed a technology for the production of tanning materials from mushrooms by recycling sawdust and inexpensive by-products from agriculture and forestry, which act as a substrate for the growth of tubular mycelium structures. The mushroom biomass collected in a couple of weeks was physically and chemically processed by scientists, transforming it into sheets that look like skin and have similar tactile properties..
Such material consists of chitin and polysaccharides, which are completely decomposed in the natural environment. In parallel, the team also used mushrooms and lumpy tinder fungi for the production of analogs of paper and polystyrene..
We also previously reported on the development of an efficient way to convert brewery grain waste into fuel..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: funart