On Mycelium Growth and Form

What drew me to taking Fungus Among Us was my  interest in the mathematical or procedural expressions of mycelium growth.
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On Growth and Form by Sir D’arcy Thompson Wentworth has serves as a massive inspiration to me over the years because it attempts to express complex organic forms through parametric equations. Previous work dealt with  how form affects material, but I’d like to explore how materiality  affects form as well.

myceliumclose- up of NIME poster I designed with L-Systems algorithm

I’ve been exploring L-systems, cellular automata, and reaction diffusion in my 3D modeling. Mycelium’s fibrous networks seem to fall into that paradigm. I want to explore how these networks behave– what is their tensile strength? How much of a load can a mycelium column bear?

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  1. Through the mycelium, a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment. It does this in a two-stage process. First, the hyphae secrete enzymes onto or into the food source, which break down biological polymers into smaller units such as monomers . These monomers are then absorbed into the mycelium by facilitated diffusion and active transport .

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