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A training workshop of


Ministry of Science and Technology

People's Republic of China





November 10-24, 2001,

Shanghai, China





Sponsored by

Department of International Cooperation of MOST

15B Fuxing Road, Beijing 100862, China

Organized by

Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science

No. 35, Nanhua Road, Shanghai-201106, China







       The Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) is a government organization responsible for the formulation and implementation of the national science and technology R&D plans. One of its important missions is to strengthen cooperation in science and technology with foreign countries, especially with the developing ones. Since 1989, international technical training work-shops/courses on various subjects have been conducted in China every year under the auspices of the MOST as a part of its international scientific and technical cooperation programmers.

       Mushroom Cultivation Workshop, sponsored by the Department of International Cooperation of the MOST, and organized by the Edible Fungi Institute under the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science (SAAS), will be held in Shanghai, China in 2001.


Workshop Description

1.       Objective

To enhance bilateral and multilateral interchange and cooperation in edible mushroom research and production

To promote intercommunion of experience, technology and equipment of mushroom production

2.       Duration

November 10-24, 2001 (15 days)

3.       Location

Edible Fungi Institute, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science

No. 35, Nanhua Road, Shanghai-201106, China

4.       Weather

It is usually fine in November in Shanghai, with temperature ranging from 10 to 20.

5.       Working Language




Part 1. Lectures

1.       Introduction to the life cycle of fungi;

2.       Basic elements for mushroom growth;

3.       General processes for mushroom cultivation;

4.       Main methods for cultivation of wood-rot and straw-rot mushrooms in China; and

5.       Application of edible and medical fungi in various aspects.

Part 2. Practice and Visit

1.       Preparation of slant cultures, 2nd spawns and 3rd spawns of edible mushrooms;

2.       Cultivation of Volvariella volvacea;

3.       Cultivation of Lentinula edodes;

4.       Visiting three or four mushroom farms or a mushroom factory;

5.       Tasting delicious dishes prepared by edible mushrooms; and

6.       Sightseeing around Shanghai.

Part 3. Discussion and exchange

1.       Presentation of papers by participants; and

2.       Discussions and interchange of experiences, information, products of mushrooms among participants.

Part 4. Summary

              Summary and closing ceremony.



Applicants must

1.       Have a job in mushroom growing or a strong interest in edible fungi;

2.       Be capable of speaking and writing in English; and

3.       Be in good health.



1.        Applicants should complete the enclosed application form, sign it and see that it get back to the organizer before July 31, 2001;

2.        A second circular will be sent to the participants with a formal invitation and tentative schedule of the workshop before end of August;

3.        Applicants should then submit a health certificate; and

4.        Applicants are required also to submit their papers if they have any.



1.        International travel expenses will be borne by the participants themselves (round trip tickets between his/her home country and Shanghai Airport of Shanghai Railway Station);

2.        Registration fee is not necessary;

3.        The sponsor will cover, for participants from the developing countries, the expenditure on accommodation, local transportation and training expenses in China during the workshop. However, all participants are advised to take some pocket money for personal purpose such as long distance calls or daily necessities.

4.        Participants from developed countries should cover their expenditure related to the training workshop, including accommodation, transportation and traveling expenses in China.



Participants having completed study successfully in the training workshop will be awarded a certificate issued by the Department of International Cooperation of the MOST and the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science, China.



1.       The health certificate must be valid, issued by an authorized physician or hospital;

2.       The deadline for the reception of the Application Form will be July 31, 2001;

3.       Participants should bear their own medical fee during the workshop.


Information About SAAS and Edible Fungi Institute

The Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science (SAAS), situated in the west suburb of Shanghai, is a regional, comprehensive agricultural research institution under the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. Founded in 1960, it possesses a staff of 1,206 and 100 hectares of land. It has seven research institutes, two centers, one station and three key labs. They are: the Crop Breeding and Cultivation Research Institute, Horticulture and Vegetable Research Institute, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Research Institute, Edible Fungi Institute, Plant Protection Research Institute, Environmental Science Research Institute, Agricultural Science and Technology Information Research Institute, Biotechnology Research and Testing Center, Plant and Animal Introduction Center, Feed Inspection Station, Key Lab of Edible Fungi Genetic and Breeding of the Ministry of Agriculture, Key Lab of Agricultural Genetics and Breeding of Shanghai, and Key Lab of Greenhouse (Protected Culture) Technology. The SAAS publishes seven academic periodicals and conducts scientific and technological exchanges and cooperative researches with institutions in more than 30 countries and regions.

The Edible Fungi Institute is one of the earliest agricultural units in Shanghai. It has aimed at building strong ties with universities, research institutes and mushroom industries. It has been awarded many invention prizes and technological progress prizes by the central governmental organizations concerned and the Shanghai Municipal Government. Over hundreds scientific papers written by members of the Institute have been published in various national and international journals. The Institute has selected, bred and developed improved strains and varieties of generally cultivated mushrooms. Related cultivation techniques have been demonstrated to mushroom growers throughout China and applied in several foreign countries. Training technical personnel of all levels forms another major function and responsibility of the Institute. In collaboration with the Agricultural Scientific and Technologic Information Research Institute of the SAAS, the Institute has edited and published the well-known journals "EDIBLE FUNGI" and "ACTA EDIBLE FUNGI", which serve as forums for the exchange of scientific information and technological innovation of a higher level. International cooperation programs have been arranged or carried out with universities and research institutes of other countries. The Institute's young research fellows, who have received advanced training abroad, now play a major role in the overall management and the scientific and education programs. In a competition among China's 1,220 agricultural research units, the Institute won the third place for its fine work----for having achieved good results in scientific research, successfully carrying out present research subjects and having published a great number of research papers. This indicates that the Institute is in the forefront of the Chinese agricultural research units and has made its contribution to the economic and social development.


For More Information, Please Feel Free to Contact

Dr. Hui Cao, Dr. Mingjie Chen

Edible Fungi Institute, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Science

No. 35, Nanhua Road, Shanghai-201106, P. R. China

Tel:         (0086 21) 52630034

              (0086 21) 62208660 EXT 3222

Fax: (0086 21) 62207544

E-mail:    caohui@mycity.com.cn

























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