Biodiversity and Livelihood: Lessons from Community Research in India

Perception on Mushroom Ecology among Kattunaikka Tribes

Author(s): N.K. Shahina and K. Madhusudhanan

Pp: 17-23 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811482151120010005

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The study documents the knowledge and usage of symbiotic mushrooms among Kattunaikka tribes from Wayanad and assesses its significance as a source of healthy food. The study was conducted during 2014-2016 through semi-structured and free listing interviews among selected Kattunaikka individuals. Total 15 species of wild mushrooms were collected which belong to 5 orders, 6 family and 6 genera. The usage of collective names to represent the mycorrhizal association revealed the good perception of Kattunaikka tribes on mushroom ecology. Termitomyces mushrooms were the most diverse and highly appreciated mushroom. Knowledge of distribution and ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi signifies monitoring and retention of diversity and selection of species for forest nurseries.

Keywords: Cultural significance, Kattunaikka tribes, Symbiotic mushrooms, Traditional knowledge.

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