The Mycelium Foundry
Our AirMycelium™ technology unleashes the amazing properties and intelligent nature of fungal fibers once locked beneath the forest floor. By carefully guiding the geometrical growth patterns of mycelia, our sophisticated platform can produce a wide selection of materials created with completely biological processes, ready to serve markets from fashion to food and beyond. Our vertical farms grow pure mycelium products at industrial scales, meeting the sustainable material needs of today.
There are millions of species of fungi, and countless strains yet to be discovered. At Ecovative, we are constantly working to understand the nature and potential of each one, so we’ve designed high-throughput screening facilities to grow and test different strains. This research process is the foundation of our materials and products.
When a strain shows promise, we test it in our pilot-scale farms. This is where we grow small or medium-sized batches of mycelial materials for prototyping and testing. The ‘pilot-scale’ step tells us how the strain performs under various environmental conditions, and its potential for production in larger formats and commercial scales.
Meeting the world’s modern material needs takes scale, and this is the final test of the mycelium we study. Our commercial-scale farms grow mycelium products in continuous sheets, able to produce millions of pounds annually. Even better, the farms can be built close to our partners’ facilities, and can seamlessly integrate with existing mushroom farm infrastructure.