Institute of Edible Fungi

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Institute of Edible Fungi (IEF), located in the Yangtze River Delta and on the coast of the East China Sea, was founded in 1960 as a mission-oriented research institute specializing in edible fungi. It was the first institute in China to provide comprehensive coverage of all research areas applicable to edible fungi and strong technical training in mushroom production. 

IEF enjoys high staffing levels and currently employs 84 researchers and technicians, 46 of whom hold senior sci-tech professional qualification.

Among all the scientific researchers in IEF, 41 have doctoral degrees and 36 have master degrees. The institute also employs one consultant from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and nine visiting professors (including 4 foreign professors). (the above data is updated in February, 2022)

The institute has a comprehensive and sophisticated scientific research system and a complete range of disciplines. It has five research sections, including Laboratory of Fungi Genetics, Activities of the Improved and Standardized Spawn Breeding Center, Laboratory for Resource Utilization and Mushroom Cultivation Process Engineering, Laboratory of Processing Technology and Fermentation Engineering, and Mushroom Industry and Economics Research Office.

IEF currently operates the 8 scientific research platforms, including the National Engineering Research Center of Edible Fungi, the Key Laboratory of Edible Fungi Resources and Utilization (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Southern Region), the National Industrial Technology System for Edible Fungi, Shanghai Center for the Improvement and Breeding of Standardized Edible Fungi Spawn for Export, the National Research and Development Center for Edible Fungi Processing Technology, the SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Affairs) demonstration base for the introduction of foreign intelligence, the Agricultural Culture Collection of China (Edible Fungi Branch) and the Observation Station of National Agricultural Microbiological Data Cener. Meanwhile, IEF are the supporting unit of World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Production. The chief scientist of  the National Industrial Technology System for Edible Fungi Dr. Tan Qi chairs the society at present.

During more than half a century of dedicated pioneering work, IEF has made remarkable contributions in the preparation of pure strains of edible fungi, the development of hybrid breeding theory and technology, the development of artificial cultivation techniques of wild edible fungi, and the theoretical research and technology development of substitute material cultivation. IEF has been awarded 5 national prizes for progress in science and technology, 1 national invention prize, 56 prizes at ministeral or municipal level, 19 new state-approved varieties and 89 new municipality-approved varieties. The institute presents the lentinula edodes variety which occupies more than 30% national market shares and the high-yield variety of ganoderma lucidum spore powder which occupies over 70% national market shares. Besides that, IEF is authorizesd by SFDA (State Food and Drug Administration) to obtain 6 health care product codes. Its edible fungi health care products such as ganoderma lucidum spore powder and spore oil are popular in the market.

IEF has close cooperative links with universities and research centers in more than 20 countries and regions. The institute organizes international training workshops on edible & medicinal mushroom production technology on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology to help third world countries to cultivate their own edibl & medicinal technical experts.