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Products of high value added from the agricultural offcuts of commercial mushroom farming

Products of high value added from the agricultural offcuts of commercial mushroom farming

Alicante (Spain), Monday, February, 2017

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Valorisation of mushroom offcuts to obtain high value products


The FUNGUSCHAIN project aims to extract value from the agricultural offcuts of commercial mushroom farming. It seeks to process these offcuts into bio-based functional additives and biopolymers using a cascading approach to separate the valuable components into a spectrum of products. It also seeks to prove its industrial viability by building a new bio-refinery and modifying industrial current manufacturing lines.

The bio-molecules and building blocks isolated from the mushroom wastes will be validated for industrial production in three value chains for the European economy, notably food supplements for the elderly, plastic products and industrial film products such as bags and gloves.

This unique consortium is coordinated by Dr. Bart van der Burg of BioDetection Systems B.V., The Netherlands (BDS), and consists of 16 partners from 10 different European countries, including research institutes and 12 different companies that are leaders in biobased economies.


FUNGUSCHAIN project partners



FUNGUSCHAIN will make use of new cascading processes to extract high value molecules from the fungal residue following the requirements of a range of end-users. A first extraction will yield antimicrobials & antioxidants, proteins, polyols and polysaccharides. Further processing will complete the value chain for delivering cleaning, food and plastic products. The remaining residues will be used for composting or biogas synthesis, thus closing the agricultural cycle.

FUNGUSCHAIN project approach


The specifics aims are:

  • Demonstrate an integrated process of valorisation of agro-residues from mushroom industrial cultivation into bio-based functional additives and biopolymers
  • Demonstrate the industrial viability by building a new biorefinery and modifying industrial current lines

Expected Impacts

  • Boost innovation on agricultural waste management establishing circular economy business models.
  • Definition, demonstration, validation of at least 5 new types of products (food supplements, cleaning products, commercial masterbatches, commercial plasticizers and industrial films)
  • Improvement of environmental performance and cost efficiency of resulting products
  • Increase the capacity of industries and SMEs to contribute to innovative research in the field of valorisation of agricultural waste.


Consortium map


The partners participating in the consortium are the following: 4 large industries (Corbion, Novamont, S.p.A, Monaghan Mushrooms Group, Saponia d. d.) 8 SMEs (BioDetection Systems BV, Biotrend SA, Biozoon GmbH, Condensia Química SA, Mi-Plast d.o.o., Neem Biotech Ltd., OWS, Tecnaro Gesellschaft zur Industriellen Anwendung Nachwachsender Rohstoffe Gmbh) and 4 research and technology development entities (AITIIP Technology Centre, European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers, University of Alicante and KTH Royal Institute of Technology).


Project details

  • Type of action: Innovation Action - Demonstration
  • Value Chain: VC3 – agro-based
  • Start date: 01 November 2016
  • End date: 31 October 2020
  • BBI JU contribution: € 5,700,547.00



NANOBIOPOL (Research group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis)

Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad de Alicante
Carretera San Vicente s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (Spain)

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