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Swiss cheese mushroom (Rickiella edulis)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 232532246

Population survey, molecular characterization and ex situ conservation of the endangered South American edible fungal species Rickiella edulis

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 232532246) - Swiss cheese mushroom - Awarded $10,000 on November 03, 2023

- Find in nature populations of Rickiella edulis, with efforts in Brazil (State of São Paulo, where it was recently discovered) and Paraguay (type locality);

- Isolate the specimens to obtain pure culture and promote ex situ conservation;

- Conduct molecular studies to characterize the Brazilian and Paraguayan populations (if found in Paraguay);

- Reevaluate, if necessary, the species status in the IUCN Red List;

- Publish main findings in scientific articles;

- Promote actions (in Brazil and Paraguay) to call the public attention to this fungal species (Science outreach).

Project 232532246 location - Brazil, South America