An illuminated Mushroom – a reality

In a recent research at the Stevens Institute of Technology, scientists have developed a bionic mushroom that produces electricity. Research has changed its course over the past years, with discoveries inclining more towards generating environmental friendly and ecologically sustainable inventions.

It were the organisms from humble nature which insinuated the researchers to this creation. In natural habitat, cyanobacteria and button mushrooms work in a harmonious synchrony. Cyanobacteria also known as Cyanophyta is a type of bacteria that produces energy through photosynthesis. Button mushrooms create conducive environment for the energy-producing bacteria.

The team of scientists at New Jersey University engineered this natural symbiosis of organisms artificially. Onto the head of a real mushroom, they 3D printed an electronic ink containing graphene nanoribbons. This ink intersected with a bio-ink containing cyanobacteria. By focusing light on the mushroom the process of cyanobacterial photosynthesis was activated. This synthetic arrangement generated a current of about 65 nanoAmps. Although the power created through this experiment is still insufficient to run an electronic device, the team of experts is working on generating higher currents through such a setting.