Mycelium, the vegetative part of fungus, is being cultivated by Ecovative, a New York-based firm that aims "to be this century’s leader in sustainable materials," says Ecovative’s Sam Harrington. The firm is developing the fungus for use in construction projects and as a packaging material. The company says that mycelium's properties, such as its being highly adhesive, can create "super dense, foam-like matter" that, when placed in molds, can be tailor-made for a specific purpose.

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