UBC Graduate Research

Research on Mycelium Construction Materials Seo, Joomi; Luo, Yan


This research project evaluates mycelium-based biocomposite materials for use in an architectural installation to be constructed on the UBC campus during the summer of 2015. Mycelium biocomposites typically consist of cellulosic agricultural waste bound together by mycelium, the scientific term for the web-like root structure of mushroom. These biocomposites offer the promise of achieving structural performance with minimal environmental impacts. The research establishes basic performance criteria and aesthetic qualities of mycelium biocomposites, and explores the feasibility of producing these materials locally using regional mycelium strains and substrate materials. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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