Mycelium is a living agent-system. The hemp fiber structure built here connects two plexiglass plates and It provides a good substrate to mycelium growth. Result shows a redundant and hyper connected system: a fibrous composite material made of (and by) mycelium.
- design and lasercut plates: plexiglass, diameter 75/88 mm, thickness 3mm (thanks to MakeInBo)
- build hemp structures: distance between plates 15cm
- put the structure in a glass jar with some ml of water
- autoclave, 121°C – 20′
- (bio)plastic #2.1.2 spread on fibers
- inoculate with POS1 – Pleurotus Ostreatus (5 infected wheat grains)
- growth in a dark room at 22.5°C for 12 days > image
Sample #3.1.1 – bio-analogic computation _ mycelium tectonics
These tests aim to understand if starch plastic could be a good substrate for micelia. After a lot of experiments, finally I found the plastic that has the right consistency to be spread on fiber.
(bio)plastic recipe: #2.1
4% Carboxymethyl cellulose sodium salt
2% PDA – potato dextrose agar
0.1% Ammonium Acetate
Micelia used for the test:
POS 1 _ pleurotus ostreatus
GLU 2 _ ganoderma lucidum
GLU 16 _ ganoderma lucidum
Recipe #2.1 after 4 days and 8 days:
Previous in vitro mycoTests here.
Lignin and cellulose substrate
Some tests highlight behavioral growth differences of three species of micelia. Substrates were prepared and filled in petri capsules divided in three sub-compartments.
AA _ agar agar grade A | pH: 6,038 (test)
LIGN _ Lignosulphonate bretax C 1,5% + AA 1% | pH: 6,12
CELL _ carboxymethyl cellulose sodium salt 1,5% + AA 1% | pH: 5,92
ARM _ armillaria mellea (inoculated on 18th of September 2014)
GLU2 _ ganoderma lucidum (inoculated on 18th of September 2014)
PCO1 _ pleurotus cornucopie (inoculated on 18th of September 2014)
Armillaria Mellea after 6 days, 9 days and 21 days:
Grazie alla disponibilità offertami dal Centro di Micologia Applicata della facoltà di Agraria dell’Università di Bologna, ho eseguito alcuni test con lo scopo di iniziare ad indagare la possibilità di guidare e indirizzare la crescita del micelio.
Ringrazio per il prezioso contributo la Dott.sa Federica Piattoni, la Prof.sa Alessandra Zambonelli e i Dott. Mirco Iotti e Dott.sa Pamela Leonardi per i consigli.
The mycology centre of the Agriculture Faculty at the University of Bologna offered me the possibility to work at their Lab and make some in vitro tests with mycelia. The purpose is trying to guide and lead the mycelium growth in a controlled manner.
Thanks to Dott.sa Federica Piattoni, Prof.sa Alessandra Zambonelli, Dott. Mirco Iotti and Dott.sa Pamela Leonardi for their help and suggestions.
glucose handmade pattern
Un primo set di capsule petri è stato preparato lavorando su A-A (agar agar grade a) a diverse concetrazioni di zucchero (glucosio).