- Chair of Biodiversity and Nature Tourism
- Chair of Crop Science and Plant Biology
- Chair of Environmental Protection and Landscape Management
- Chair of Horticulture
- Chair of Hydrobiology and Fishery
- Chair of Landscape Architecture
- Chair of Plant Health
- Chair of Soil Science
- Polli Horticultural Research Centre
- Rõhu Experimental Centre
Department of Mycology
Department of Mycology of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is to study biodiversity of Estonian fungi and monitoring and organises the corresponding tuition for students on the Bachelor’s, Master´s and Doctoral level in Estonia.
The goal of the Department of Mycology is to meet the needs of the society, students and other parties of interest.
Short historical overview
The department of mycology is a part of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the
Areas of activity of the department
Mycological collection (TAAM), was founded in 1950 at the
Information about the distribution and need of protection of the 167 fungal species of the Estonian Red Data List (2008) are based mainly on this herbarium. The mycologists of the Department have compiled 20 volumes of the series “Scripta Mycologica” and three fascicles of the distribution maps of Estonian fungi. More than 700 mycological studies based on TAAM collections have been published.
As the taxonomy and identification of fungi is based more and more on data of DNA, in collaboration with phytopathologists and botanists, a molecular biology laboratory has been established. Correctly identified specimens (especially type specimens) and extracted from these DNA are important etalons to identify plant diseases, food pollutants, etc. The preservation of reference specimens is one of our main goals.
About 79,000 specimen records of TAAM have already been included into the joint database of the Estonian biological collections kept at the
Elmar Lepik mycological collection (EAA). A herbarium comprising first and foremost parasitic microfungi and species growing on cultivated plants was established at the laboratory of plant protection of the
The most outstanding European mycologists represented in the EAA collection are J.A. Bäumler, E. Kari, A. Kirulis, K. Linkola, F. Petrak, J Smarods, K. Stares and others. The collection also includes the herbarium of F. Bucholtz (almost 5,000 specimens) and the fungi collected by E. Lep(p)ik largely from
Collection of fungal living cultures (TFC). The fungal pure culture collection was founded in 1970 at the former
Presently the collection contains more than 2,000 strains representing above 400 fungal species from almost the whole world, including both saprobiotic and biotrophic fungi, especially wood-rotting fungi. The collection has a good representation of isolates of some species from the genera Phellinus, Peziza, as well as Hymenochaete. The data about the isolates in the culture collection are available in the MySQL database.
All collections have served as a basis for research for scientists as well for students. These collections are regularly used by students of the