Title MYCOTICON (MYCOTa Intereuropean COoperation Network)
Project Number 2011-1-GR1-LEO05-06802-A
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text MYCOTICON project concerns the development of a training curriculum for imporving the skills and competencies in "Identification and sustainable exploitation of wild edible mushrooms in rural areas"
MYCOTICON project concerns:
- Development of educational material on Wild Edible Mushrooms exploitation ;
- MYCOTICON aims at reforming the curriculum and training modules by establishing a user-friendly educational and training package together with its respective tools to meet the demands and particularities of the participating countries. The training material increases the skills and competencies of target-groups in "Identification and sustainable exploitation of wild edible mushrooms in rural areas". The training material, offers a new flexible modular training course, e-self-assessment and e-accreditation tools, and is delivered with an e-Learning system (Moodle).
The training package produced complies with EQF rules and it will be structured according to EC-VET provisions. In addition, the TP will be hopefully accredited and included to Continuing Vocational & Educational Training System of the participating countries and provisionally of other EU countries; hence, the outcome of the project is expected to facilitate significantly the development of required skills, and will allow the employment of qualified people to augment family income, to improve local economy, and to enhance environmental sustainability in rural areas.
MYCOTICON project developed a training curriculum supported by specially designed training material and a e-learning system that enables farmers, habitants of rural areas and simple mushroom friends to be trained and certified on the collection of wild edible mushrooms.
The training is an eight days course that can be organized in the form of two-weeks daytime course, one-two days per week evening time course, or three-four weekends all day course, including distance/e-learning approaches.
Indicative the training content is presented below:
Part I, Day 1: Introduction to Mushroom I (What are fungi; Classification, taxonomy, and nomenclature; Morphology; Life cycles)
Day 2: Introduction to Mushrooms II (Biodiversity; Nutrition; Ecology; Factors influencing the occurrence and the production of wild mushrooms – Major habitat types; Collecting fungi for identification – key diagnostic characters)
Part II Day 3: Choice wild edible mushrooms I (Description of 20-30 selected species, key-identification characters, possible confusion with other mushrooms, information on individual mushroom’s edibility, preservation, commercialization and conservation)
Day 4: Choice wild edible mushrooms II (Description of other 20-30 selected species, key-identification characters, possible confusion with other mushrooms, information on individual mushroom’s edibility, preservation, commercialization and conservation)
Day 5: Poisonous mushrooms (Description of selected dangerous species, possible confusion with edibles, toxicity aspects, poisoning symptoms and treatments/remedies)
Day 6: Collection, processing, preservation and trade of wild edible mushrooms (incl. nutritional value and health promoting effects, legislation on collection and trading, and conservation aspects) – Their role and exploitation potential in the services sector
Part III Day 7: Cultivation of selected mushrooms I (Agaricus and related species: biology, substrates preparation, production technologies and infrastructure, financial aspects)
Day 8: Cultivation of selected mushrooms II (Pleurotus and related species: biology, substrates preparation, production technologies and infrastructure, financial aspects)
Open and distance learning
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
program or curricula
MYCOTICON training package includes
1) GRAM curriculum for wild edible Mushrooms training
2) Training material (mushroom textbook full and short edition
3) An online system for offering training and assessment based on state of the art system Moodle.
4) A mobile application to assist training on the field. The mobile application contains the full directory of edible mushrooms and run both on android and on windows mobile devices.
All developed material is available in English, Italian, Greek and Bulgarian languages.