To conduct survey of naturally occurring wild mushroom with a view to identify and catalogue the edible species as well as for exploring of possibilities developing of promising strains.
To evaluate the promising and high yielding strains received from NRC stock for regional adaptability.
To carry multi- location trial for finalization of standard production techniques for increasing yield of different edible mushrooms.
To explore possibility of selection of cheaper materials available locally for substrate, compost and casing.
To supply good quality spawn to the mushroom growers.
Popularization of mushroom cultivation on large scale through training.
Maintenance of Genetic resources / biodiversity / gene bank
Teaching to the U.G. students of B.Sc.(Agri.) and B.Sc. (Hort.) students in mushroom cultivation technology.
Teaching and research programmes for P.G. students of Plant Pathology and Agril. Microbiology students
Actively participated in extension activities to popularize the mushroom cultivation technology
As regards mushroom popularization, the Pune centre has trained about more than 15,000 persons in mushroom cultivation.
Different methods of mass communication such as publication of popular articles, T.V. and Radio programmes, melas and exhibitions and front line demonstration have also been used for technology transfer.
Training on Oyster cultivation technology is arranged on first Saturday of every month