THF Research Grant
A research team from the School of Biological Sciences at USM, led by Dr Rosnida Tajuddin, has been awarded a THF Research Grant to document the historical uses and sociological value of local wild edible and medicinal fungi. They will also analyse the mycotoxin potentially present in wild fungi growing in association with the roots of dipterocarp trees, to help determine whether it is safe for human consumption. This study will enhance our understanding of the conservation status of mushrooms in Malaysia and the significance of the biological relationships of fungi within the surrounding forest.
A tangible expression of the collaboration between The Habitat Foundation and USM, support for research on Penang Hill will certainly further demonstrate synergies between our access to pristine rainforest on Penang Island and the sophisticated research facilities and top-notch faculty at USM. THF is excited to continue to develop further rainforest research and training on Penang Hill in conjunction with the nomination of the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man & the Biosphere Reserve.
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