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Agricultural Biotechnology of Fungi

Edible mushrooms; Medicinal mushrooms; Compost; Mushrooms ingredients; Exotic mushrooms

Prof. (Emeritus) Dan Levanon

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The mushroom research group at MIGAL is the only unit in Israel, that deals with applied research and development of mushroom cultivation and mushroom products. Research responsibilities include the initiation of research, according to the needs of mushroom growers in Israel. Although the research is mainly applied (for the benefit of mushroom growers), our studies have made significant contributions too. They include: The establishment of chemical, physical and biological parameters for the quality control of mushroom compost production and utilization. Recycling agricultural wastes for the use as casing soils in mushroom production. Recycling spent mushroom substrates. Enhancement of postharvest quality of edible mushrooms. Development of drip irrigation for mushrooms. Cultivation of exotic and medicinal mushrooms. Composting of organic wastes including agricultural and municipal wastes.


Post-graduate and post-doctoral research training


Laboratories and research projects


Business opportunities and technology transfer