Bioluminescent Mushroom Research

Bioluminescent Mushroom Research

Campaign by Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio) - Iporanga, Brazil
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About Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio)

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

About this Campaign

There are approximately 105 species of bioluminescent mushrooms in the world and Iporanga, where the IPBio reserve is located, holds 26 species making it the region with the highest concentration of bioluminescent mushrooms in the world.

IPBio is the world leader in field research related to these glowing mushrooms. In 2019, IPBio biologists discovered 7 new potential species of glowing mushrooms. Moreover, on one of these night searches a new species of larva of mosquito was found that emits blue bioluminescence. This turned out to be the first record of blue glowing terrestrial organism in all of South America. The article was published in Nature – Scientific Reports, the world’s most prestigious biology journal. We got to name the species Neoceroplatus Betaryiensis after the Betary Reserve.

Apart from searching for new species, IPBio wishes to develop a protocol that allows us to grow them in the lab under controlled conditions. Our cultivation program conducts experiments on: substrate compositions, sterilization method, inoculation method, and fruiting techniques to optimize the process of cultivation. This is important as mushroom primarily grow in the summer which in Brazil is humid as they need hot and wet climates. Therefore, during the winter we cant show them to visitors or school/university groups for environmental education purposes. Moreover, IPBio would like to help the local tourism economy in Iporanga by developing a museum of bioluminescence which would also ideally be all year long rather than seasonal. This will promote sustainable tourism as a economic alternative and a tool to preserve the environment in an area where many people restort to hunting, logging or the illegal trade . As a result, we want to know how to grow them so we have them in abundance always.

In addition, IPBio sends biological material to the University of São Paulo who are conducting chemistry studies of the process of bioluminescence and attempting to find out the evolutionary history of the phenomena.

Use of Funds

- Help Us Find New Species: for night searches we need car gas, food, batteries, test tubes to keep biological material and more.

- Help Us Grow Mushrooms: donate to allow us to purchases lab equipment such as petri dishes, a microscope and more so we can attempt to find the best lab conditions to grow these mushrooms.

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