FungiBox

Turning waste into food

Our concept is a box that transforms organic waste into food. This transformation is obtain via a fungi in a never ending cycle.

Use Case

The user gathers the organic wastes and use them to fill the box, they can be wood chips or food leftover or wastes, these are then boiled to prevent contamination and placed on the box, then, after it is given time to grow, the mushrooms are collected until the defined limit and more organic waste can be added to allow for the continuity of the production. The device is to be kept at about 23ºC and with no direct sun light to achieve maximum wield.

Potential

The background of our project resides in the use of the nutritional potential and in the capacity of WRF (white root fungi) like Pleurotus Ostreatus to colonize many types of organic substrate in a very efficient way, putting aside other fungi competitors that could act like contaminants in the substrate. Additionally, this fungi can colonize many types of organic matter like oil, wood, leaves and many types of organic waste that every day are unexploited all around the world. Mushrooms are also a delicacy appreciated all around the world in all cultures. Our project it´s a device that is capable to produce food infinitely based in the simple technology of the fungi abilities and life cycle. That is low cost and simple technology capable of save the world and cure hunger recycling

Business Case

Our project is a device that is capable to produce food infinitely based in the fungi abilities and life cycle. The commercial benefits of this device is that it´s an affordable product that will cover all types of consumers: poor and rich, of all cultures all around the world. Additionally, a protocol between the government of poor countries and our company should be made to distribute our device freely for those most in need. We could have many partnerships like governments, distribution companies.. Our weaknesses is that the users would have the be able to manipulate the box in accordance to our recommendations having the sensibility to manipulate an living organism without causing its dead. If that happens our company will sell new fungi inoculum to the restoration of the production

Objectives:

  1. Giving New life to Organic Waste
  2. Renewable Food Source
  3. New Food Source with a lot of Protein, Minerals, Vitamins and Carbo Hidrates

Team WastinFungi

Coimbra, Portugal

Our Team

Pleurotus Growing in Human hair soaked with Oil!! / Published January 10, 2016 by Rui Martins

Pleurotus Growing in Human hair soaked with Oil!!

Once more ww show the ability of the oister Mushroom to grow in several substrates and in Micorremediation!!

Post-it Chaos / Published January 9, 2016 by Daniel Miranda

Post-it Chaos

Banzai!!!

Some facts about Pleurotus oestreatus / Published November 30, 2015 by Pedro Carvalho

Some facts about Pleurotus oestreatus

http://cdn.203.se/img.php?u=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-UUeya6dK3HA%2FTxh3BKWSKNI%2FAAAAAAAAAOg%2Fli_UozEwmZU%2Fsetas.jpg&c=1&w=300&h=245

Did you know that Pleurotus oestreatus has 4,5% protein content? And its also a good source of minerals and carbo hidrates making it a good candidate for food production in least developed countries

Mycorremediation of chemical contaminants / Published November 30, 2015 by Pedro Carvalho

Mycorremediation of chemical contaminants

Not only does Pleurotus helps to feed populations but it can also be used in mycoremediation. This allows the restoration of contaminated soils that may be derived from environmental problems, global or local, that narrow the land use possibility making it more difficult for populations to grow their food and sustain themself.
This shows that our concept may contribute more than only food production it can also be a way to make land reusable and to clean toxins from other substrates because mycelia can degrade toxins present in many substrates and preventing them from entering the food chain making the byproducts unfit for use.

Our Mission

Our team began when a group of university students with a interest in common got to know themself better and with a single goal decided to try change the world using a group of organism full of potential but underappreciated: the fungi. We believe that a new approach to waste could be the answer. In the word thousands of materials go to waste and nothing in them is reused or disposed of correctly, our team sees this as an oportunity to create a sustainable substrat to grow food and give a second, and possibly third use, for this materials give a contribution to populations around the world. With the limited resources and scarse arable land to grow food new substrates must be found and the use of old material to new endings must be a goal to achieve in order to build a more sustainable society were waste can be turned into something more instead of beeing another problem to society. Fungi can be a sustainable source of food that can fill gaps in population nutrition and food availability.

Our Background

With a similar academic backround in team that provided us with deep knowledge of fungi but diverse abilities and our drive to innovate make us a strong team to fulfill our goals and concept. We believe that the answer for food demands has to pass by a smarter way to grow it, not only scalling up production, but finding ways to reuse and farm in a greener way, our concept may aid to close the loop in the waste life cycle giving it a new end that works as a begining of a new cycle were food reenters the chain. Not only food growing but fertilization of agricultural lands could be accomplished thanks to the biodegradation of waste by Pleurotus ostreatus which only potency the concept. By being able to create a more efficient fertilizer without the need to add almost anything to the system makes this even more viable and important for poorer countries allowing small farmers not only to get a new way of feeding they're families but also gives them better crops.

Pleurotus Growing in Human hair soaked with Oil!! / Published January 10, 2016 by Rui Martins

Pleurotus Growing in Human hair soaked with Oil!!

Once more ww show the ability of the oister Mushroom to grow in several substrates and in Micorremediation!!

Post-it Chaos / Published January 9, 2016 by Daniel Miranda

Post-it Chaos

Banzai!!!

Some facts about Pleurotus oestreatus / Published November 30, 2015 by Pedro Carvalho

Some facts about Pleurotus oestreatus

http://cdn.203.se/img.php?u=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-UUeya6dK3HA%2FTxh3BKWSKNI%2FAAAAAAAAAOg%2Fli_UozEwmZU%2Fsetas.jpg&c=1&w=300&h=245

Did you know that Pleurotus oestreatus has 4,5% protein content? And its also a good source of minerals and carbo hidrates making it a good candidate for food production in least developed countries

Mycorremediation of chemical contaminants / Published November 30, 2015 by Pedro Carvalho

Mycorremediation of chemical contaminants

Not only does Pleurotus helps to feed populations but it can also be used in mycoremediation. This allows the restoration of contaminated soils that may be derived from environmental problems, global or local, that narrow the land use possibility making it more difficult for populations to grow their food and sustain themself.
This shows that our concept may contribute more than only food production it can also be a way to make land reusable and to clean toxins from other substrates because mycelia can degrade toxins present in many substrates and preventing them from entering the food chain making the byproducts unfit for use.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team began when a group of university students with a interest in common got to know themself better and with a single goal decided to try change ...Read More

Our Background

With a similar academic backround in team that provided us with deep knowledge of fungi but diverse abilities and our drive to innovate make us a strong team ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.