The Forest Microbiology Research Division conducts both basic and applicable studies on microorganisms associated with a variety of forest resources, such as symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi, wood-decay fungi, phytomicrobiome communities, and mushrooms. We have contributed to both discoveries of new values and the development of cutting-edge technologies to strengthen the competitiveness of the domestic microbial industry. Our researches are particularly focused on the discovery of useful microbial resources, plant-microbiome interaction and their regulation, the mass production of functional microbial resources, and development of new mushroom varieties and their cultivation technologies, in order to increase farmer’s income and to lead the growth of the forest bioindustry.
We conduct holobiome research that interprets interaction among host plants ? microorganisms - environment based on omics information such as genomes.
Based on this, we are performing the discovery of functional microbial resources that have contributed to improving the productivity of forest plants, stable production, restoration of the forest environment, and pest control. In addition, we are conducting base research for functional enhancement and practical use of microbial resources using biotechnology.
Functional characterization of useful microbial resources
Development of disease-free Gastrodia elata seed tuber production techniques
Development of functional microbial resources based on holobiome
We are developing technology for cultivating new varieties and stability cultivation of shiitake, one of the representative forest mushrooms, and researching the artificial cultivation of mycorrhizal mushrooms such as pine mushrooms, Sarcodon aspratus. To promoting an extension of utilization, our research-studies are exploring the effect of improving biologically active substances and functional materials from forest mushrooms. We are promoting the discovery of new values of unused mushroom resources through the collection and preservation of forest mushroom resources that are native to Korea. We intend to contribute to the improvement of forestry income and the reinforcing competitiveness of the domestic mushroom industry using forest mushroom resources.
Development of new varieties and cultivation techniques for shiitake mushroom
Artificial cultivation of pine mushrooms using matsutake-infected pine seedlings
Isolation and application of useful microorganisms