Research interests

White rot fungi analysis, micellar products, volatile organic compounds, gas and liquid chromatography analysis of organic compounds. Impact of biting insects on micellar products, their protection.

Annotation of the dissertation

The safety assessment of cultured and manufactured micellar products is currently still in its early stages, investigating whether the products emit harmful volatiles or produce mycotoxins, allergens, etc (Jeroen and Han, 2022). In terms of product longevity, measures to protect against insects feeding on already manufactured micellar products, atmospheric exposure, various product-degrading microbes, etc. have not been studied in detail. Interactions between other „friendly“ micro-organisms (complexes of micro-organisms) that release substances that can help the mycelium to grow better on solid organic substrates have not been studied in detail in the process of growing biocomposite materials.
Tasks:
1. Select and evaluate potential fungal species for the production of mycelium-based biocomposite materials.
2. To optimise the cultivation conditions for the selected species.
3. Grow samples of selected biocomposite species for selected physicochemical analyses.
Research on potential biocomposites of new and undescribed fungal species: gas chromatography tests for volatile organic compounds, liquid chromatography tests for mycotoxins, evaluation of strength properties (compressive, flexural, tensile), tests for acoustic and thermo-insulating properties, studies on biodegradation and on the relationship with other microorganisms.

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