Predicting edible mushroom productivity using forest carbon allocation modeling and immunoassays of ectomycorrhizae

Economic valuation

Timber values are thoroughly understood, but mushroom values are harder to estimate and most attempts are relatively recent (Pilz et al. 1998, Pilz et al 1999, and Alexander et al. submitted).

Comparison of chanterelle and Douglas-fir timber values

Comparison of matsutake and mixed pine timber values

These preliminary analyses include many economic assumptions about mushroom prices and harvester costs, but they also include uncertain assumptions about how timber management choices affect mushroom productivity. Coupling analyses of mushroom and timber values with predictions of mushroom productivity under varied forest management scenarios will allow managers to better evaluate resource tradeoffs and synergies as they development management plans to meet landowner objectives.

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