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Sales of Mushroom Begins on Campus

Published On:

May 15, 2024

By Joy Adeyiga & Tofunmi Adebayo

The Mushroom Unit of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has commenced the sale of delectable mushrooms, marking a significant step towards promoting sustainable nutrition and environmental consciousness.

Dr. Idayat Atayese of the Department of Microbiology, College of Biosciences (COLBIOS), spearheading the initiative, highlighted the long-standing human appreciation for edible mushrooms, not only for culinary appeal but also for their health benefits.

Dr. Atayese, also outlined the vision behind the mushrooms and its nutritional value, noting that at FUNAAB, the focus lied on nurturing two remarkable varieties which were the renowned Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) and the nutritious Milky Mushrooms (Calocybe indica).

According to her, Oyster Mushrooms, known for their subtle yet savoury taste, offer a nutritional punch with low-calorie content, high protein, and a wealth of essential vitamins and minerals.

Dr. Atayese added that studies have showcased their immune-boosting prowess, cholesterol-lowering capabilities, and potential anti-cancer properties.

She further stated that Milky Mushrooms emerge as another nutritional powerhouse, boasting ample fiber for digestive health and antioxidants to combat inflammation and cellular damage.

Notably, both varieties champion sustainability, requiring minimal resources and space for cultivation, aligning perfectly with FUNAAB’s commitment to eco-conscious practices, she stressed.

Commenting on plans to expand the range of indigenous mushroom varieties, she said that this venture was just the tip of the iceberg, promising an even richer tapestry of flavours and nutritional benefits for the community to savour.

Meanwhile, Dr. Atayese secured funding for the Project titled Oyster & Milky Mushroom Cultivation Sustainable Intervention for Food, Nutrition, and Employment Security and Waste Management in Agricultural Produce, under the TETFund Institution-Based Research (IBR), Intervention Allocation, with a grant of ₦1,999,800 awarded in January 2024 for one year.

Operating under the Centre for Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE), the initiative is aimed to revolutionise food, nutrition, employment security, and waste management practices.

As mushrooms take centre stage on campus, the University Community has been encouraged to embrace this culinary and ecological marvel, inviting all to savour the difference that locally grown mushrooms can make in their meals.

Last Updated on May 15, 2024 by Olasunkanmi Olajide

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