Our research is directed on understanding the genetics of edible mushrooms in order to improve breeding efficiency. The focus is on button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) and oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). For this we also explore the biological variation within our large collection of varieties (>5000 strains representing 125 species) by assessing genetic relatedness within species and quantifying several phenotypic characteristics.
We also explore the utilisation of fungi for selective degradation of lignin in organic (waste) materials. Research done so far has shown that a number of species degrade substantial portions of lignin while hardly consuming cellulose. These fungi can thus be used to make cellulose bioavailable in low value organic waste, upgrading it into animal feed or feedstock for the production of bioenergy.
- Biodiversity of edible fungi (collection, maintenance and genotyping of strains)
- Phenotyping mushrooms of varieties and wild isolates in an experimental growing facility at Unifarm
- Substrate degradation by edible fungi and turnover into mushrooms
- Breeding: mapping traits in segregating populations (QTL analyses)
- Using fungi as a model to study meiosis (whole genome sequencing, tetrade analysis)
- Mushrooms and bio-based economy
- Studying genetic regulation of mushroom formation in button mushrooms
Assessing the immunomodulatory potential of high-molecular-weight extracts from mushrooms; an assay based on THP-1 macrophages
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 95 (2015)2. - ISSN 0022-5142 - p. 344 - 350.
Fungal pre-treatment increases in vitro rumen degradability of wheat straw
In: Proceedings of the WIAS Science Day 2015 - Facing the Future. - : WIAS, 2015 - p. 16.
Fungal treated lignocellulosic biomass as ruminant feed ingredient: A review
Biotechnology Advances 33 (2015)1. - ISSN 0734-9750 - p. 191 - 202.
Complementary symbiont contributions to plant decomposition in a fungus-farming termite
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (2014)40. - ISSN 0027-8424 - p. 14500 - 14505.
Valorisation of biomass using fungi
In: Proceedings of the VI Jornadas de Bovinicultura, IAAS-UTAD, 14-15 March 2014, Vila Real, Portugal. - - p. 37 - 50.