Panaji, August 10, 2018 … The Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) had recently held a program on ‘Eco conservation of Goa’s Precious wild edible Termitomyces Mushroom (Roen Alami) diversity and threat due to its uncontrolled Exploitation’ at Auditorium Hall, Goa Science Centre & Planetarium, Miramar, Panaji on July 6, 2018.
The lecture was delivered by Dr. Nandkumar Kamat, Professor Department of Botany, Goa University along with Ms. Rosy Agnes De Souza, Department of Science & Technology (DST) inspire, SRF, Ph.D research scholar, Department of Botany enlightened the participants about the ‘Roen Alami’, Goa’s edible wild mushroom, cultivated by mound builder termites that would be sold on the roadside and appear in major markets at premium price for the phallic shaped young stages. He explained the Termite mound ecosystem and also the ecological or economic importance of termite mushroom.
Further, GSBB has appealed to the general public that considering limited availability to the wild varieties of mushrooms people should follow traditional methods of harvesting where people always use to keep considerable quantity of mushrooms in termite mound for the sustainability and availability of germ plasm so that in future people of Goa can continue to enjoy this rare and rich resource.
And also advised to consume certified and scientifically produced mushrooms available in the market. This will save wild Termitomyces mushrooms & other varieties thereby preserving integrity of our ecosystem.