Our research, focused on using edible white-rot funghi to pre-process wood lignocellulose for a production of advanced biofuel such as bioethanol, has led to exciting results.
Integrated cultivation of mushrooms and production of bioethanol based on the new and innovative method we have developed reduces costs.
For mushroom production, there are at least one third lower costs. In addition, the degradation of the fungi by the substrate can replace thermochemical pretreatment normally used to produce ethanol from wood. This thermochemical method accounts for about 30 percent of the total cost of ethanol production.
Mushroom cultivation on Swedish timber is an interesting concept for producing both food and biofuel in the future.
Speaker is Shaojun Xiong, researcher at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, SLU.