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Self-regenerating living material made of printed fungi

Three-dimensional printing of hydrogels loaded with fungal mycelium can produce living materials with unique adaptive properties in shapes that are relevant for engineering applications. The metabolic activity of the living mycelial network allows the printed structure to grow autonomously and self-regenerate when it is provided with nutrients in water.

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Fig. 1: Living complex materials made by 3D printing mycelium-laden hydrogels.


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This is a summary of: Gantenbein, S. et al. Three-dimensional printing of mycelium hydrogels into living complex materials. Nat. Mater. (2022).

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Self-regenerating living material made of printed fungi. Nat. Mater. 22, 16–17 (2023).

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