|Title||Cultivating the termite fungus Termitomyces|
|Group||Plant Breeding, Laboratory of|
|Examiner(s)||Duur Aanen en Arend van Peer|
|Contact info||Sabine Vreeburg|
|Description||Termites in Africa and Asia cultivate fungi of the genus Termitomyces. During millions of years the termites have cultivated their fungi and selected them to become domesticated crops. The fruiting bodies of these fungi, mushrooms, are als interesting for us humans. They are highly nutritious and relatively protein-rich mushrooms, which are collected by local people as an important food source. Unfortunately, we cannot cultivate those mushrooms cultivation in order to select, test and optimise a range of potential cultivation techniques for this fungus.
Supervision of this project will be shared between the Laboratory of Genetics (Sabine Vreeburg) and Plant Breeding (Arend van Peer)
|Used skills||Mushroom cultivation, substrate optimisation, micorbiology, biochemistry|
|Requirements||MSc Biology, MSc Biotechnology, MSc Molecular life Sciences, MSc Plant Sciences or in consultation|