National Mushroom Centre (NMC-FUNGI)

The National Mushroom Center (NMC) has developed extensive experience in production and marketing of edible and medicinal mushrooms. The National Mushroom Centre (NMC) is based in Wanchutaba, Thimphu. The Centre staff report directly to the Horticulture Division of the Department of Agriculture.

One of the primary activities of the Centre is to develop the National Fungi Herbarium from collecting wild mushrooms, identifying the specimens and drying the fungi specimens for preservation in the herbarium. Currently, more than 850 fungi specimens including poisonous, edible, and medicinal fungi have been collected. Specimen data is databased and specimens are digitally imaged with data published in a publicly available specimen data portal. The herbarium collection is being expanded through additional field expeditions and collecting throughout Bhutan.
Contact: Dawa Penjor (, Program Director or Sabitra Pradhan (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: eb977f49-64b9-48e6-85f3-6101bff84df4
Rights Holder: National Mushroom Centre, Royal Government of Bhutan
Access Rights: , CC BY-NC 4.0 International (Attribution Non-Commercial)
National Mushroom Centre
Department of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Wanchutaba, Thimphu   
Collection Statistics:
  • 2,126 specimen records
  • 1,670 (79%) georeferenced
  • 31 (1%) with images
  • 1,055 (50%) identified to species
  • 85 families
  • 169 genera
  • 407 species
  • 411 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics