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Research efforts in edible fungi start to show results

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A research center in central Taiwan's Asia University is stepping up efforts to develop edible and medicinal mushrooms, as its initial investment in the field has generated an output value estimated at hundreds of millions of Taiwan dollars.

Established six years ago, the center said it will launch more trials on the development of bamboo fungus, popular in Taiwanese cuisine, following its success in cultivating maitake mushrooms and tremellas, known in English as snow fungus.

It is hoped that the center can contribute to the cultivation of mushrooms, particularly snow fungus, as the country depends heavily on Chinese imports due to local restrictions on pesticides, said center head J.Y. Lin.

Lin said the center has learned the right formula to control the humidity, temperatures and the concentrations of carbon dioxide required to mass produce several kinds of mushrooms and hopes to extend the study.

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