On April the 14th of 2021, FUNGUSCHAIN project held its Online (Live) Final Conference, wich had a hundred of virtual atendees. If it was not possible for you tu participate, now you can watch the video.
During the event, the project partners had the opportunity to share with the world their research and validation results, in terms of introducing the mushroom residues into a circular economy and its viability in industry. Also, the attendees had the chance to interact with the the partners thanks to a Question and Answer Roud that went successfully. The European project FUNGUSCHAIN has manufactured new products such as biodegradable bags, essential oils or vitamin enriched food for the elderly from fungus residues.
The FUNGUSCHAIN Project has scientifically proved the wide range of possibilities and benefits that mushroom residue molecules can offer at a social, economic, and industrial scale. By using raw material, the circular economy model includes the entire value chain of the sectors involved: food, cosmetics and plastic.
The FUNGUSCHAIN Project has focused on establishing a new biorefinery concept in order to extract molecules in four steps: cold extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, pressurized how water extraction and anaerobic digestion. Each of these phases can be parallel to the rest and implies a different extraction methodology to obtain different products.
This initiative has been financed by the European Commission and brings together 16 European partners who make possible circular bioeconomy and introduce a new concept about biorefinery that will entail a breakthrough in the current industry. The FUNGUSCHAIN consortium included research centers and leading companies in biobased economies. BioDetection Systems B. V. (Netherlands) has been responsible for coordinating the project. The rest of companies and entities involved in it are Aitiip Technology Center (Spain), the University of Alicante (Spain), NOVAMONT (Italy), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Saponia (Croatia), OWS (Belgium), Biotrend (Portugal), Condensia (Spain), Biozoon (Germany), ECPN (Italy), MiPlast (Croatia), Tecnaro (Germany) , Monaghan Mushrooms (Ireland), Total Corbion (Netherlands) and Neem Biotech (UK).