When we think of fungi – and who doesn’t when we all have so much extra time to ponder the bizarre? – we tend to think of either the mushrooms we add to our Friday night pizza or the trippy psilocybin-laden ‘magic mushrooms’ that are, we understand, enjoying something of a renaissance as therapeutics. We do not, however, think of fungi as architects or e-textiles. But research emerging from international cleanrooms suggests that mushrooms may need a brand make-over. So today we’re looking at fungi in construction and as bio-sensors – that humble pizza topping may never look the same again!