There is also growing awareness and appreciation for natural ingredients and processing methods that consumers can recognize and trust, increasing the demand for innovative solutions in the plant-based sector, both at the ingredient and processing levels. At MycoTechnology, we recognize the unique capabilities of mushroom mycelia to transform important culinary properties such as texture, flavour and nutrition, while reducing dependency on animal products or artificial ingredients. Using our advanced mycelial fermentation platform technology and expertise, we can tap into the potential of mushroom mycelia to create better tasting, more nutritious ingredients that could have a major impact on the future of the food industry.
What are mushroom mycelia?
Mycelia act as the root system and powerhouse of fungi. Growing rapidly underground, they create complex networks that communicate with and adapt to their environments, breaking down organic matter into nutrients they can absorb. As mycelia grow and spread, they can create intricate systems for kilometres under the forest floor, cleaning up and feeding the surrounding ecosystem. Due to their natural enzymatic diversity, mycelia can consume a wide variety of substances, introduce a variety of new chemistries, and thrive in varied environments, which is what makes our mycelial fermentation platform so versatile.
MycoTechnology’s mycelial fermentation platform
MycoTechnology harnesses these capabilities using submerged liquid fermentation. Starting with the ideal mycelial strains in a liquid culture, we continuously adjust the environment and growing conditions, using our specialized technology to optimize the fermentation process for the intended goal. With our advanced bioprocessing platform, we have successfully created protein and flavour ingredient solutions that eliminate off-notes, improve functionality and enhance flavour and nutrition across foods, beverages and supplement products.
The kingdom Fungi is filled with unique potential and our team continues to explore its capabilities and uses. MycoTechnology’s integration of discovery, food science, manufacturing and commercialization enables the rapid introduction of new ingredients for continuous, impactful innovation. In addressing the global need for better alternatives to animal products, we are looking beyond protein alone, creating versatile, mycelia-derived ingredients with multifunctional attributes.
Enhancing plant proteins with fermentation
Made by fermenting plant proteins with shiitake mushroom mycelia, MycoTechnology’s FermentIQ plant proteins www.mycoiq.com/ingredients/ferment-iq are ideal protein sources for a wide range of plant-based products. Our mycelial fermentation process enables the creation of nutritious and delicious plant-based food and beverage products.
FermentIQ PTP is made by fermenting pea and rice protein with shiitake mushroom mycelia to improve taste, texture, functionality and nutritional quality for plant-based protein products. Our mycelial fermentation process reduces negative flavours and aromas, resulting in a more neutral taste. It also enhances digestibility, enabling 99.9% of the protein consumed to be easily digested. Providing complete protein with all essential amino acids and a Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of 1.0 for ages 3 and above, FermentIQ PTP can create high-quality plantbased protein products that can better compete with animal proteins, without sacrificing taste, texture or aroma.
Similarly, FermentIQ PEA is made by fermenting pea protein with shiitake mushroom mycelia, creating an ideal solution for high-protein dairy alternatives with improved taste, texture and functionality. In addition to creating a neutral taste with a reduction of negative flavours, our fermentation process enables a creamy mouthfeel, improved solubility and suspension as well as a light, neutral colour to unlock a wider range of formulation possibilities. These features allow for higher protein inclusion without impacting the overall taste, texture or functionality of the formulation.
Natural flavour modification derived from fungi
While consumers are seeking nutritious products, taste remains paramount with 88% of consumers ranking taste as the most important purchasing decision factor. It outranks price, healthfulness, convenience, and environmental impact .
Produced via mycelial fermentation, ClearIQ natural flavor www.mycoiq.com/ingredients/clear-iq acts as a clean-label bitter blocker and flavour enhancer to enable the creation of healthier, more flavourful products. It reduces the perception of bitter, metallic, and other common negative flavours, while also brightening and clarifying desirable notes, and harmonizing the overall taste profile. With unique, broad-spectrum taste modulation capabilities, it can enhance taste across many different product types to drive consumer loyalty.
Mycelia-based whole food innovation
In addition to MycoTechnology’s existing commercial ingredients, we are leveraging our technological expertise to address challenges in food security, food waste and food quality through the development of a new, mycelia-based whole food. In partnership with the Oman Investment Authority, we are upcycling dates in the region that would otherwise go to waste and using them as a fuel source for our mushroom mycelial biomass. The result is a premium whole food that is rich in naturally occurring nutrients including protein, fibre and micronutrients. This versatile meat alternative could be a valuable new culinary ingredient that is not only nutritious
and sustainable, but a scalable solution for a more stable food supply.
Fermentation as a Service
As we’ve worked to optimize our operations and produce our own ingredients more efficiently, MycoTechnology has recently launched a new Fermentation as a Service (FaaS) platform https://go.mycoiq.com/faas , enabling companies to efficiently scale up their fermentation operations and overcome critical shortages in capacity. The current manu-facturing capacity crunch is stifling the growth potential of many bioprocesses that could make a significant impact in the efforts to diversify food supply chains and address the climate crisis. By offering our manufacturing capacity, expertise and advanced facility, we aim to partner with other innovators to help navigate the journey to commercial production and accelerate breakthroughs in bioproducts.