A large number of mushroom forming fungi that cannot be found in the temperate region are existing in the Ryukyu Archipelago which belongs to the tropical and subtropical zones. The objective of our group is to clarify the relationship between there fungi and other organisms such as trees and insects through physiological and phylogenic examinations.

  1. Symbiosis between ectomycorrhiza and Castanopsis and Pinus.
    Features of community structure of ectomycorrhzal fungi in Ryukyu islands.
  2. Symbiosis between fungi and termites.
    Mechanisms of mushroom formation by Termitomyces albuminosus assuming that fungal combs of Odontotermes formosanus were cultivation substrates.
  3. Efficient use of biomass in Ryukyu islands – Mushroom dyeing -.
    Differences of coloration to textiles according to mushroom species, previous treatments, mordants.
  4. Making a list of fungal flora in Okinawa islands. Mushroom inventry.
  • Boletus in Castanopsis forest (left) and Suillus granulatus in Pinus forest (right) .
    Boletus in Castanopsis forest (left) and Suillus granulatus in Pinus forest (right) .
  • Termitomyces albuminosus
    Termitomyces albuminosus
  • Pycnoporus coccineus which dyes fabric yellow color.
    Pycnoporus coccineus which dyes fabric yellow color.
  • Identifying mushroom samples , photography, DNA sampling, and drying after a field survey.
    Identifying mushroom samples , photography, DNA sampling, and drying after a field survey.

Member

Position Name
Professor Yoshie TERASHIMA
Adjunct Professor Ayako SANO