FH Bielefeld
University of
Applied Sciences

Start of the project to develop bio-based antiviral face masks with fungal mycelium Pleurotus Ostreatus to suppress the spread of coronavirus

Mycelium on cotton fabric

Dato Kapandze will work in the project "Mycelium-cotton composite masks for protection against pathogens" and develop a face mask based on mycelium of the edible fungus Pleurotus ostreatus and cotton fabric together with other team members.  According to the research studies, mycelium has the ability to protect against pathogens and suppress the reproduction of bacteria or viruses. Furthermore, Pleurotus ostreatus has antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties. Furthermore, the antiviral activity of these fungi is mainly related to the presence of polysaccharides in mycelium and fruiting bodies and to the synthesis of secondary triterpenoid metabolites. Advantages over conventional masks are that mycelium-cotton composite, unlike synthetic protective masks, uses only sustainable materials.

The university's internal initiative "Innovations against the corona crisis" of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences supports creative ideas and projects that facilitate the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and contribute to infection control. The project duration is one year and runs until 30.06.2021, the project budget amounts to 3,000 euros.