Making Magic with Mushrooms: Life Cykel

Life Cykel co-founder Julian Mitchell explains all the types of products they’re developing from various strains of mushrooms.

27 September 2018

From clothing products, food products, supplements and oils, the types of products that can be made from mushrooms are seemingly endless.

Julian Mitchell, co-founder of Life Cykel, a mushroom biotechnology company that also sells mushroom-growing kits, joined The Mentor with Mark Bouris to talk about their products.

“We’ve got a mushroom leather, supplements, a mushroom nectar, which is a low sugar sweetener,” Julian said.

“There are over 5 million varieties of mushrooms out there - and each one is a key that unlike s different door.”

“They outnumber plants 6 to 1, and there are so many out there that we don’t know very much about, that are undiscovered and we don’t know the applications that they could have.”

The type of mushroom and its extraction process varies for its uses, which means the possibilities of creating multiple products from mushrooms is realistic.

“Mushroom leather is a particular strain that grows that we use the roots system of the mushroom, and the sweetener is a different mushroom with a natural sweet taste,” Julian said.

“It gets blended, goes through some extraction processes and heating processes and then we have the product.”

Listen to Julian's full conversation with Mark on The Mentor podcast here.