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Growth of Pleurotus Ostreatus on Different Textile Materials for Vertical Farming

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, 33619 Bielefeld, Germany
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Materials 2019, 12(14), 2270; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12142270
Received: 12 June 2019 / Revised: 11 July 2019 / Accepted: 13 July 2019 / Published: 15 July 2019
The mycelium of the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus can be used for diverse technical applications, such as packaging materials or wastewater treatment, besides the more obvious use for nutrition. While P. ostreatus usually grows on sawdust, wood or similar materials, a former study investigated mycelium growth on different nanofiber mats. Here, we report on growing P. ostreatus on fabrics knitted from different materials, enabling the use of this mushroom in textile-based vertical farming. Our results underline that P. ostreatus grows similar on natural fibers and on synthetic fibers. The agar medium used to provide nutrients was found to support mycelium growth optimally when applied by dip-coating, suggesting that, in this way, P. ostreatus can also be grown on vertically aligned textile fabrics for vertical farming. View Full-Text
Keywords: textile materials; knitted fabrics; agar; Pleurotus ostreatus; vertical farming textile materials; knitted fabrics; agar; Pleurotus ostreatus; vertical farming
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Helberg, J.; Klöcker, M.; Sabantina, L.; Storck, J.L.; Böttjer, R.; Brockhagen, B.; Kinzel, F.; Rattenholl, A.; Ehrmann, A. Growth of Pleurotus Ostreatus on Different Textile Materials for Vertical Farming. Materials 2019, 12, 2270.

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