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Scientists create new building material out of fungus, rice

#1  Postby Macdoc » Jun 21, 2018 2:24 am

These are exactly the kind of imaginative practical approaches we need for a sustainable civilization..

Scientists create new building material out of fungus, rice and glass
June 19, 2018 9.33pm EDT
Fungal bricks have the potential to create safer and more sustainable buildings. V Anisimov / Shutterstock
Authors

Tien Huynh
Senior Lecturer in the School of Sciences, RMIT University

Mitchell Jones
PhD Student, RMIT University

Would you live in a house made of fungus? It’s not just a rhetorical question: fungi are the key to a new low-carbon, fire-resistant and termite-deterring building material.

This type of material, known as a mycelium composite, uses the Trametes versicolor fungus to combine agricultural and industrial waste to create lightweight but strong bricks. It’s cheaper than synthetic plastics or engineered wood, and reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill.


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https://theconversation.com/scientists- ... lass-98153

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