Army of Mushrooms, by Disinfection Mushrooms

Aude Cumont - Department of Engineering

aude cumontThe research of alternatives to antibiotics is based on different strategies. One of them is to create unfriendly surfaces for bacteria and, thus, avoid the formation of biofilms. Our research group designed super-hydrophobic microscopic mushrooms to display antibiofilm properties. They are made of Nickel (Ni), a metal which is also known to have direct bactericidal properties. These combined actions avoid the bacterial attachment for certain bacterial strains, and kill the bacteria that are able to attach on super-hydrophobic surfaces. As you can see here, the Army of Mushroom is ready to help in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria!