Circular economy using Filamentous Fungi

Creating industrial circular economy

At Mycorena, we strive to help industries extract more value from resources and increase waste management efficiency by introducing the concept of circular economy. Historically, industrial processes have followed a scheme of ‘take – make – dispose’, extracting as much value as possible by capturing resources and producing goods while disposing of leftovers and byproducts. This classic linear economy model leads to issues of resource underutilization, rising waste management costs, and unnecessary environmental stress. By adopting a circular economy approach, however, industrial processes feed into themselves in order to become regenerating rather than self-depreciating. Our business revolves around turning industrial waste streams into high-value products. Through innovative fungi-based processes, our technology allows for efficient decomposition of organic matter found in waste. This leads not only to clean water that can be directed back into the industrial system, but also to growth of fungal biomass that can be used for countless industrial applications. Examples of such applications are animal feed and water treatment resins, both of which are currently produced by Mycorena.

Circular Economy


Sustainable industry processes

Advancing environmentally sustainable growth by greening industries
through cleaner production technologies and resource effciency

Inclusive revenue model

Creating value products from waste streams and enabling industries
to create an additional revenue stream in parallel with the existing
product line

Reduced environmental footprint

Impacting significant energy and carbon savings through the reuse of
waste streams and secondary materials.
Mycorena is one of the principal global actors developing organic fungi-based processes as solutions to current industrial waste management problems

Filamentous fungi

FILAMENTOUS FUNGI are microorganisms that represent an incredibly rich and rather overlooked reservoir of several natural products with potent bioactivity and it finds applications in various industrial sectors. This group of microbes are often superior to bacteria and yeast in terms of the metabolic versatility and robustness for industrial production systems. Large-scale manufacturing processes have been developed for the production of organic acids, proteins, enzymes and small molecule drugs including antibiotics, statins and steroids using filamentous fungi.

The fungal biotechnology thus plays a central role for many industries including food and feed, pharma, paper and pulp, detergent, textile and bio-fuel. We at Mycorena, focus on a totally different aspect of using this versatile group of fungi. Filamentous fungi can grow on a wide variety of substrates irrespective of the origin of the material, resulting in a great deal of valuable industrial products. These fungal properties are central to our focus, which is to generate high value added products from large- and small scale industrial waste materials.

Fungi based circular economy process


Broader growth versatility

Specific fungal enzymes helps higher degradation rates of complex
organic compounds in wastewater

High value products

Using specific fungi strains for concomitant treatment process leads
to production of naturally generated high value products

Rapid treatment process

Removal of high organic loading within a shorter
time span ranging maximum upto 24 hours