Welcome to the Mushroom Biology and Fungal Biotechnology Laboratory (MBFBL)
The Mushroom Biology and Fungal Biotechnology Laboratory is established by North Carolina Agricultural State University to address the followings:
Why did NC A&TSU establish MBFBL?
The USDA report for the circle 2000-2001 on the mushroom industry in the
US showed that it is about $880 million, there is no record of how
much is being produced, if any, in NC. However, there is appreciable
level of consumption of edible and medicinal mushroom across NC, going
by what is seen displayed for sales in groceries shops and the volume
of sales that they make on edible mushrooms. This means that most mushrooms
sold in NC are coming in from other states, especially Pennsylvania which
accounts for 52% of total mushroom production in the US. Preliminary investigations
into histories of mushroom production in NC showed that a few farmers
tried to start commercial mushroom production, but either moved on to
other businesses or failed due to some of the following reasons:
a. Inappropriate cultivation/production technology
b. Availability of suitable/adapted edible and medicinal mushroom strains
c. Lack of suitable governmental support to the development of the mushroom industry
d. Lack of qualified experts to work with and service the mushroom industry
e. Wrong approach to mushroom production/marketing
Please read and know about former growers in NC that we interviewed and what they had to say.
Who is leading this NC A&T initiative?
Dr. Omoanghe S. Isikhuemhen, popularly called Omon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design. He has broad-based training in mycology, mushroom biology and biotechnology. He had training in Nigeria (UniBen), Germany (FAL , GBF ), Czech Republic (MBU) , Japan and here in the United States ( Duke , ECU ). He has published many scientific papers in international journals in the different aspects of mushroom biology and biotechnology, bioremediation and environmental pollution . See list of publications here .