ITANAGAR, August 24: The Botanical Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre, led by Dr. Arvind Parihar and Arijit Ghosh, has made a remarkable discovery of a colossal 40kg specimen of wood rotting fungi, commonly known as bracket fungi or mushrooms, in Shergaon, Rupa, West Kameng. This discovery is believed to be one of the largest ever found, according to Dr. Parihar.
During an exclusive interview, Dr. Arvind Parihar expressed that this finding is a testament to the rich biodiversity of the region, underscoring the importance of conserving natural resources. The mycological survey unveiled various species of macrofungi, including polypores, agarics, and boletes. The research will contribute to understanding ecological aspects and aid in conservation efforts, stated Dr. Parihar.
The Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre has a history of significant biodiversity discoveries and exploration, ranging from Angiosperms and Gymnosperms to Ferns and Algae.
While the identification process is ongoing, the significance of this finding in the context of fungal diversity is emphasized. Mushrooms play dual roles as delicacies and potential hazards, with fungal diversity being underdocumented globally. The research sheds light on Arunachal Pradesh’s fungal diversity, which has remained relatively unexplored.
Dr. VK Rawat, Head of the BSI AP regional centre, highlighted the extensive documentation of plant species and the importance of the herbarium for botany students and enthusiasts. The centre has also been involved in awareness and training programs for conservation and protection of flora in the state.
The discovered fungi will be sent to BSI Indian Museum (ISIM) in Kolkata after its transportation from Kalaktang to Itanagar. This finding underscores the need for preserving biodiversity and advancing research in ecological and ethnomycological aspects.