African mushrooms are understudied compared to Europe, Asia and American continents. While mushrooms of economic importance in those continents have been exploited for food and products with medicinal benefits, to create a multibillion dollar industry, we find that the little cultivation in Africa depends on strains and expensive technologies imported into Africa. The Pleurotus ostreatus which is mostly cultivated is not even of African origin. Our indigenous Pleurotus strains are quite popular and are fast disappearing from our environment.
ACMRTI is here to focus on Ecology, taxonomy and systematics, ethnomycology, biotechnology and all aspects of research that will lead to the preservation of our edible and medicinal mushrooms for our use today and posterity.