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Laboratory of fungal biology and biotechnology
Fungal Biology and Biotechnology Group (FBBG) was established in 1993 in the Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University. Since 2005 it was reorganized into Laboratory of Fungal Biology and Biotechnology (FBBL).

Research field` Mycology, Fungal biology and biotechnology


Research interests

Research interests of FBBL are mainly directed to the studies of biology and biotechnological potential of medicinal mushrooms as natural sources of bioactive compounds and enzymes used in developing novel mushrooms-based biotech-products. Fungal Culture Collections of the Yerevan State University (FCC-YSU) preserving in FBBL comprises 139 species and 464 strains of mushrooms and filamentous fungi, as well as genetically identified collections of Pleurotus ostreatus, Flammulina velutipes, coprinoid and polyporoid mushrooms. Studies of taxonomy and phylogeny, as well as morphological, ecological and growth characteristics of mycelia of mushrooms, their medicinal properties are carried out in collaboration with several European and American universities. Collaboration with University of Göttingen and University of Jena (Germany) was focused on molecular taxonomy and phylogeny, biological characteristics and biotechnological potential of coprinoid mushrooms, their bioactive compounds and medicinal (antioxidant, antifungal, mitogenic/regenerative, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, proteolytic/fibrinolytic) properties. Two coprini species Coprinopsis strossmayeri and Coprinellus aff. radians were originally described for Armenian mycobiota. The project to study genetic resources, genotypic diversity, biological characteristics and medicinal properties of wood-destroying mushrooms (Basidiomycota, Polyporales) particularly from genera Ganoderma, Fomes and Fomitopsis is in progress with collaboration of Bologna University (Italy) and Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Using molecular methods species Ganoderma adspersum was originally described in Armenia. Studies of biodiversity of macroscopic fungi, particularly their medicinal properties are also carried out in the territory of Northern Iran with collaboration of Agriculture and Natural Resources Research Center of Mazandaran. Projects to study biodiversity of ArmenianSascomycetes (hypogeal) and keratinophilic (geophilic) fungi are ongoing in collaboration with University of Bologna (Italy) and Museum Nationale d’Histoire de Nature, Paris (France). Among 12 hypogeal Ascomycetes species described by rDNA-ITS sequences analyses 10 have originally been reported in Armenia including species Tuber rapaeodorum, Tuber rufum and Tuber scruposum. More than 92 strains of keratinophilic fungi belonging to 12 species, potentially pathogenic for humans/animals were originally isolated and described from Armenian soils. Research of FBBL was supported by several international grants from NATO, DAAD and other organizations (ANSEF, ESF, ISTC, RFBR, etc.). The FBBL’s team includes Post-docs, Ph.D., Masters and Undergraduate students actively involved in international research collaborations.



Grants

Research of FBBL was supported by several grants:
  • 1993-1995: Grant by Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (#93-344) 1996-1999: Grant by Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (#93-845),
  • 2000-2002: Grant by Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (#0718),
  • 2003-2004: Grant by Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (#0104),
  • 2005-2007: Grant by Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (#0169),
  • 1993, 2002, 2008 and 2011: DAAD Fellowships (University of Regensburg -1993; University of Göttingen – 2002, 2008 and 2011), Germany,
  • 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997: Grants by Ministry of Education, Science and Research (M.E.S.R.), France,
  • 1994: Grant by G. Soros ISF, USA,
  • 2001 and 2009: Grants by University of Bologna, Italy,
  • 2004-2006: NATO Reintegration Grant (# FEL.RIG.980764),
  • 2004: Grant by ANSEF (Armenian National Science & Education Fund) (# 04-NS-biotech-814-73), USA,
  • 2004-2006: DAAD Equipment Grant (#548.104401.174), Germany,
  • 2004: Grant by American Mushroom Institute (AMI), USA,
  • 2004: Grant by Osaka Fermentation Institute (OFI), Japan,
  • 2005: Grant by ISTC,
  • 2000, 2006 and 2007: Grants by British Mycological Society (BMS), UK,
  • 2006: Grant by INTAS,
  • 2007: Grant by DAAD, Germany,
  • 2007: Grant by NATO,
  • 2007 and 2010: Grants by World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC),
  • 2007, 2008 and 2009: Grants by European Science Foundation (ESF),
  • 2008 and 2011: Grants by World Society of Mushrooms Biology and Mushrooms Products (WSMBMP),
  • 2012: DAAD Equipment Grant (#548.104401.317), Germany,
  • 2013: Grant by MES SCS RA “MES SCS RA – RFBR – 2013” Armenian-Russian Joint Research Program (#13RF-110)



Head of laboratory:
Susanna M. Badalyan, Dr Sci., Professor:


Staff

Narine G. Gharibyan, PhD, Senior Researcher,
Margarita O. Grigoryan, PhD, Researcher,
Anzhela N. Asatryan, PhD student, Technician,
Tatevik A. Shahbazyan, Technician



Tel.: (+374 10) 577671, (inner line 4-10, 3-13)
E-mail: badalyan_s@yahoo.com
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