We are a group of 3 students working on a mycelium biomaterial project intended to give an alternative to take-away food packaging made of polystyrene.
We chose to work with the species Pleurotus ostreatus and to experiment the water/grease resistance of our product at the end.
We are beginners in this field, and thus got some questions for anyone who knows about Pleurotus ostreatus and would like to help us
- Firstly, does anyone know how long it takes to entirely grow the mycelium of Pleurotus ostreatus into a beech sawdust or paper waste substrate at the size of a petri box ? Is there a visual cue of the mycelium full maturity to stop the growing process at the right time ?
- Did anyone already test some substrates with Pleurotus ostreatus that give a good water/grease resistance to the final product ? We think about using beech sawdust or paper wastes.
Thanks in advance for your advice, don’t hesitate to share your experiences !