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MycoWorks Talk 15

Scaling the Unknown with Maud Ohler

“In the lab, we like to say that our mycelium is a bit capricious; it has its own temper,” says Maud Ohler, Vice President of Technology Development at MycoWorks and fermentation scientist. Maud’s work with mycelium traces back to about 15 years ago when she first heard the word mycelium in a biology class focused on tree/root symbiosis and mycorrhizae, the symbiotic association between roots and fungus. She now finds herself working intimately with mycelium in the MycoWorks tech dev lab on a daily basis. Listen to this episode to hear about Maud’s career in fermentation and biology, the challenges of scaling up our technology, Fine Mycelium™, and the vast opportunity behind mycelium as a material for the future. 

 In this episode:

  • 2:20 – Hearing mycelium for the first time in biology class
  • 4:00 – The versatility and unique properties of mycelium
  • 5:45 – What makes the Reishi strain unique
  • 9:20 – Universe in a tray
  • 15:40 – Challenges of scaling at the South Carolina plant
  • 18:00 – The mycelium industry in 10 years
  • 20:30 – Durability in relation to sustainability

MycoWorks Talks is a space to feed your wonder and curiosity for a new class of materials. Xevi Gallego, our VP of Brand & Marketing, hosts talks with people in the MycoWorks universe, taking you on a behind-the-scenes journey of unfiltered conversations about our product, technology, our incredible team, and much more.

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