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Programme Schedule

  • 9.30-10.20 AM- Inauguration
  • 10.20-10.30 AM– Tea Break

Technical Session 1

  • 10:30 – 11:45 AM

An Overview of Edible Mushroom Resources of Kerala – Dr. C. K. Pradeep

  • 11:45 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM – LUNCH BREAK

Technical Session 2

  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Recent advances in mushroom taxonomy – Dr. T. K. Arun Kumar

  • 3.30-4.30 PM Valedictory function and Certificate distribution

Important Dates

  • Last date for receiving application: 09.03.2023
  • Confirmation from participants: 10.03.2023


Mushrooms are precious fungi, which exists as an important and integral component of the ecosystem occupying diverse niche. Several species grow wild in nature which has much nutritional and medicinal value than the cultivated ones. Biodiversity includes not only many species that exist, but also the range of populations that makeup a species and the genetic diversity among individual life forms. Mushroom diversity is very unique including the edible, in edible, hallucinogenic and poisonous ones with potential bioactive compounds for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry. Human beings have constantly searched for new substances that can steadily and efficiently improve biological functions. Nutraceuticals are destined to play an important role in future therapeutic developments. Consumption of functional foods or through the use of extracted biologically active compounds in the form of nutraceuticals/dietary supplements enhances immune function in which mushrooms plays an important role. Identifying unknown wild macrofungi opens a new way for researchers and pharmaceuticals to exploit them for food, medicines, and other bio-prospects.


The major objectives of the seminar is to create a knowledge on the biodiversity of mushrooms, advanced technologies in mushroom identification and utilization of mushrooms as myconutraceuticals.


Advanced Research Centre for Plant Disease Diagnosis, Dept. of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Vellayani

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