BIOTEC experts on mushroom diversity and cultivation technology paid a visit to Thasano Rice Research and Seed Multiplication Center in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR on 30 June – 3 July 2014.
Thasano Rice Research and Seed Multiplication Center is a government agency with a mission to produce quality seed for distribution well as providing advice on farming to farmers in Savannakhet region. In 2013, the Center initiated an establishment of Mushroom Laboratory in order for the Center to produce mushroom spawn for distribution to farmers. BIOTEC has been providing advices on laboratory set-up and at the recent visit, a technical training session was given, covering topics of fungal isolation, grain spawn preparation, spawn production and in-situ mushroom cultivation for environmental preservation and sustainable utilization. Participants to this training session included staff from Thasano Rice Research and Seed Multiplication Center, Science and Technology Office of Savannakhet, Agricultural College, local farmers and entrepreneurs. This visit marks a long-term collaboration between Thasano Rice Research and Seed Multiplication Center on mushroom research. In addition, the Center is now one of the partners in the current phase of Rice Breeding Program for Mekhong Region, from 2014-2016.
Posted on 4 July 2014