Diversity of Pleurotaceae (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) in logged and unlogged forest

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Start date

2017-03-18

End date

2017-06-30

Research areas

Biodiversity

Data use

Research Grant

Rationale

Mushroom has been identified as one of the high-value commodities under Malaysia’s National Agro-Food Policy (2011-2020). Domestication of wild edible mushroom in Malaysia is still in progress compared to other Asian countries (China, Japan, and Thailand). Numerous studies have been focused on the domesticated strains whereas wild Pleurotus of Malaysia is not well studied in terms of their diversity, host preference and ecology. The study will be also a major contribution to reveal the differences between Pleurotus and the highly toxic species Pleurocybella porigens which are identical. Several cases have been reported in local district hospitals due to poisonous mushroom consumption in Sabah. Thus, this study aims to explore the distribution, species richness in logged and unlogged forests and their phylogenetic relationship.

Methods

Opportunistic sampling of macrofungi will be carried out from as many habitats in the areas as possible. These activities included: collecting sporocarps of macrofungi at the field site, labelling them, taking photographs, chemical spot tests, setting up spore prints, recording macro-morphological data in the illustrated data sheet, writing morphological descriptions, details on substratum, ectomycorrhizal status, host plants associated, processing the specimens for recording microscopic characters and identification of the specimens up to species level. Colours and chemical reactions of tissues and spores in water, KOH, NH4 OH, FeSO4 , HCl, Melzer’s reagent, etc. were studied and used for identification of the taxa. Digital photomicrographs of the fungal structures were also made.The fruiting bodies will be brought to laboratory for molecular identification.
Project members
ResearcherProject roleProject contact
She fui FooLead Researcher