Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Infinite Roots® (formerly Mushlabs), a pioneering biotech company from Hamburg, Germany. Our diverse and dedicated team is on a mission to address global challenges using the power of mycelium, nature’s underground marvel. By integrating cutting-edge science with natural fermentation processes, we aim to make mycelium a common ingredient in kitchens, markets, and supply chains across the globe.

Career

What are the benefits of working at Infinite Roots®?

In addition to a competitive salary and highly motivating work environment, Infinite Roots® employees enjoy:

EGYM Wellpass
Get your health fix with access to top-tier sports and wellness facilities across Hamburg.  

Volunteer Day
Take one paid day off each year to volunteer for a cause you care about.

Language Classes
Level up your language skills with online English and German courses for all full-time employees.

Birthdays Off
Treat your birthday like a holiday. If it lands on a weekend, enjoy a three-day break with the Friday off. 

Free Snacks & Drinks
Fuel your day with our fully stocked kitchen, offering a variety of snacks, fruits, veggies, and drinks—all on the house.

Company & Team Events
Be part of a lively community with frequent team events, fun summer gatherings, festive Christmas parties, and more.

Where can I find current job openings?

You can find our open positions [here] and apply directly through the link.

What is the interview process?

1. Icebreaker

We're excited to learn more about you and share insights about the role and our company. Let's connect!

2. Professional Interview

Meet your future manager and colleagues, and put your skills on a pedestal. 

3. Vibe Check

Chat with two future colleagues from another department to explore our culture and day-to-day workflow.

How many people work at Infinite Roots®?

Our team includes more than 73 brilliant minds from 25 nationalities, with 55% being female and 10 holding PhDs.

Infinite Roots

Why was Mushlabs rebranded to Infinite Roots?

The relaunch of our corporate brand, Infinite Roots®, coincides with a new phase of our company's commercial expansion and global acknowledgment.

This transition goes beyond a mere name change: it signifies our focused exploration of mycelium's boundless potential worldwide and reaffirms our commitment to enhancing food security and sustainability on a global level. Infinite Roots® reflects our deep-seated vision to revolutionize the global food system through the versatile applications of mycelium.

What is the goal & vision of infinite roots?

Infinite Roots® is a German biotech company harnessing cellular agriculture to craft the future of sustainable food. Using Mother Nature as a blueprint, we cultivate mycelium, or mushroom roots, from natural by-products and transform it into the key ingredient of a revolutionary new food category with unlimited possibilities. Our mission is to advance a circular food system that not only meets the nutritional needs of a growing population but also prioritises the preservation of our planet.

Mycelium

How does Infinite Roots® produce mycelium?

We use an advanced fermentation process to optimise nutrition and growth conditions for fungi. This innovative method enables us to harvest mycelial biomass within days instead of the weeks it takes with traditional mushroom farming.

Crucially, this accelerated process maintains the nutritional quality of the final product. Our mycelial biomass matches or exceeds the nutritional quality of traditional mushroom fruiting bodies.

What is the connection between mushroom fruiting bodies and mycelium?

In simple terms, the mushroom’s recognizable form at the market is the fruiting body. However, scientifically, both the fruiting body and the mycelium (fine fibrous threads) are interconnected.

The mycelium acts as the “roots” of the mushroom, existing as an underground network that extracts nutrients from the soil. The fruiting body is essentially the continuation of this mycelium, forming a 3D-hyphal structure with specific density, providing the mushroom its shape and overall structure.

What is the difference between fungi and mushrooms?

Fungi, renowned for their remarkable adaptability, are intelligent, widespread organisms thriving in various natural environments. Found in forms like yeasts, molds, and higher fungi, they were once misclassified within the plant kingdom but are now recognized as a distinct taxonomic group—the fungal kingdom. Remarkably, there are more fungi than plants on Earth, and genetically, fungi are closer to animals than to plants.

Within the fungal kingdom, only certain higher fungi can produce a fruiting body—the type consumers can gather in nearby forests or purchase at local markets. These fungi, commonly known as mushrooms, have historical significance, having served as food and medicine in early civilizations.

Revered as the “Food of the Gods” by the Romans, mushrooms comprise over 2300 species, including button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, morels, truffles, shiitake mushrooms, and more. At Infinite Roots®, we exclusively work with these mushrooms, meticulously selecting the safest and most delicious edible varieties to create healthy human foods.

Process

How sustainable is the technology?

Fermenters are compact and adaptable, suitable for placement in various locations, including city centres. Our vision involves decentralised systems, where each city has its fermenters to convert local industrial byproducts into mycelium-based foods.

This circular production approach reduces supply chain length, ensures controlled production, and introduces waste management to enhance food security.

Compared to beef production, our technology lowers land footprint, water usage and CO2 emissions (details can be found in our sustainability report). Eliminating the need for fertilisers, antibiotics, and pesticides in industrial food production establishes us as leaders in circularity and sustainability in the food industry.

Is the mycelial biomass from Infinite Roots® the same as edible mushroom fruiting bodies?

Absolutely. The fine threads forming our mycelial biomass can also constitute the fruiting body of mushrooms widely consumed worldwide.

Through our cutting-edge fermentation process, we ensure optimal nutrition for the fungi, resulting in a mycelial biomass that rivals or surpasses the quality of traditional mushroom fruiting bodies.

What are sidestreams?

Sidestreams encompass byproducts and residues from industrial and agricultural processes, including materials like sawdust, sugarcane bagasse, grain bran, rice husk, as well as leftovers from the cotton, coffee, and tea industry.

Currently, approximately one third of natural resources processed into food products go unused, contributing to environmental risks such as soil and water contamination and greenhouse gas production. These materials are often disposed of on land, burned for energy, or used as livestock feed.

As the global population increases, the quantity of sidestreams produced worldwide grows, necessitating urgent action. However, these sidestreams contain valuable nutrients that can enhance food system efficiency and reduce environmental burdens.

An effective strategy involves adding value to various agro-industrial byproducts, which are nutrient-rich and serve as a nutritive source for microorganisms grown in fermentation processes.

At Infinite Roots®, we use selected agro-industrial byproducts to cultivate edible mushrooms, producing mycelium biomass used to develop innovative food products.

What is fermentation?

Fermentation is a metabolic process in which microorganisms break down organic substrates into simpler compounds using enzymes. This process is commonly used to produce everyday products such as food, alcoholic beverages, medicines, and fuels. Microorganisms can digest various nutrient sources, resulting in a diverse range of foods like tempeh, harissa, soy sauce, cheese, yogurt, and bread.

While fermentation has been a staple in various cultures for thousands of years, its equipment has evolved over time. Commercial food production using fermentation dates back to the 1700s.

At Infinite Roots®, we innovate new fermentation processes to produce rich and nutritious mycelial biomass from edible mushrooms. This biomass serves as the main ingredient for a completely new range of innovative and tasty food products.

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