24. 05. 2019 Issue 66
Unleashing the Potential of Mushrooms

Having been devoted to the research of mushrooms for over four decades, Professor Kwan Hoi Shan from School of Life Sciences has never stopped in finding ways to unleash the potential of mushrooms with his teams of Mushroom-X, a social enterprise established in March 2018, and Food Research Centre.


Mushrooms not only serve as food, its vegetative part called mycelium can form biomaterials as well. Teams collect and upcycle food and wood wastes such as coffee grounds, bean dregs, and wood chips by mixing them with cultivated mycelium. The mixture will then grow into mouldable, flexible, and 100% biodegradable biomaterials, which are ideal alternatives to plastic and bricks for product packaging and thermal insulation of buildings.


The potential of mushrooms has not reached the end yet. The Food Research Centre has achieved a breakthrough in developing new technology of which a provisional US patent has been obtained, to suppress fungal bricks from further growing without killing the mycelium. The biomaterials can even self-repair if there are brick cracks.


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Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award cum Student Awards Presentation Ceremony
Faculty Retreat
Science Career Fair 2019
15th Lau Oi Wah Memorial Science Lecture Series
Hong Kong SciFest 2019
Meeting with Dean of College of Science of United Arab Emirates University
JUPAS Interviews for SCIENCE New Intake
Discovering a Small Molecule to Restrain Neurodegeneration
AoE Project to Study Fundamental Structure of Matter
Revealing the Secret Pattern of Cell Movement
Announcing The World's First Reference-Grade Wild Soybean Genome
Unleashing the Potential of Mushrooms
2019 Class of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow
The 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
Collaboration between Plant Hormone and Vesicular Transport Regulatory Protein for Crop Tolerance Improvement
Verifying the Existence of Ultralight Bosons with a Single Gravitational-wave Measurement
Adopting Intercropping as a Sustainable Farming Alternative
University's 2018 Long Service Awards
International Mathematics Competition
Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme 2019
International Collegiate Programming Contest

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