Ecosystem services of mushrooms on the map

Mushrooms have been neglected until now in policy and management. Research on ecosystem services by fungi is still in its infancy and for policy and management there is still much to be done.

In recent years, much useful information about the ecology of fungi has become available. The new discipline of eco-informatics offers new possibilities for accessing and using this information. Therefore it is time to give mushrooms a greater role in policy and management.

The aim of this project is to unlock and develop knowledge about:

  • the significance of fungi on ecosystem functions and services; 
  • the potential for mushrooms to use as an indicator of stress factors (early warning system for monitoring) and as an indicator for a selection of ecosystem services.