Mycocomposites Production with Fungal Strains and Domestic Biomass
Ho-Seong Im1, Yong-Hyeon Jeong2, Hyun-Jae Shin1,2*
1Department of Biochemical Engineering, Chosun University, 309 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61452, Republic of Korea
2Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Chosun University, 309 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61452, Republic of Korea
Developing mycocomposites using mycelium composite and domestic biomass can reduce greenhouse gases. Several fungal strains were used to observe growth characteristics in domestic biomass including arrowroot and reeds. The measured characteristics included growth rate and mycelium thickness, with the potential to improve water resistance and thermal stability of the composite. T. orientalis mutant strains through gamma rays were used for this strain, and sawdust, reeds, and arrowroot were used for biomass. As for the measured characteristics, the characteristics of strains by biomass were observed through the growth rate for each biomass and the measurement of mycelium thickness using an optical microscope. The results of the measurement, the growth rate of mycelium on sawdust and reeds were similar. However, the mycelium thickness of the strain grown on the reeds is better results when measured with an optical microscope. Therefore, reeds, domestic biomass, show the potential to replace sawdust.