Catalonia is a land with a strong presence and mycological tradition, both from a gastronomic and recreational point of view, and has a great diversity of fungal species. In recent years, the consumption of mushrooms has not stopped increasing, both in Catalonia and in Europe as a whole, and their nutritional properties have turned them into functional foods. To meet this growing demand, and at the same time avoid excessive pressure on the natural populations of our ecosystems, mushroom cultivation is offered as an excellent alternative. Currently, however, most of the cultivation of wood or lignocellular mushrooms focuses on a few species that come, for the most part, from the Asian tradition.
An Operational Group has been set up to carry out an innovative pilot project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the European Association for Innovation (AEI) in the field of productivity. and agricultural sustainability. The main objective of the pilot project is to incorporate new species of woody fungi, native to Catalonia, to diversify the cultivation and commercial production of edible mushrooms.
Project funded through Operation 16.01.01 (cooperation for innovation) of the RDP of Catalonia 2014-2020.