Hello, I’m Dr T and I’m a mycologist involved with consulting, and teaching startups in mushroom growing, spawn making, wild mushroom identification, and general mycology.
My previous and current experience gave me the chance to focus on three branches of mycology: a) wood-inhabiting fungi taxonomy; b) medicinal mushrooms biotechnology; c) mushroom growing, and spawn production technology. The latter two represent some of the major fungus technologies with increased application today while taxonomy has an important role in being linked to the latter by profound analyses in regards to identification and not only.
I was about 2 when I went to the woods to pick mushrooms with my parents for the first time. At 6 I started to know the edible mushrooms around and differentiate them from the poisonous ones. When I was 9 I went by myself in the woods to pick mushrooms. Later I decided to study biology, and ecology in a prestigious Romanian university. With the studies done, I started to grow mushrooms and produce my own spawn in 2005.
Not long after, in 2006 I took my toys and left for Haifa, Israel where I did my PhD in wood-inhabiting fungi taxonomy at the Institute of Evolution. For the first time I saw a professional lab and was part of it for nearly 4 years. I had the chance to learn how to professionally identify mushrooms, how a culture library is made and kept, lots about medicinal mushrooms, pure cultures, and many more and interacted with some worldwide known professors in mycology.
My role at Aloha Medicinals started in 2013 as a Fungal Culture Bank Curator; then, I became the Head of the Mushroom Spawn Production, and Culturebank Dept. of the company in 2014, in this position I had the chance to talk to many mushroom growers as an adviser. I met important people of the industry gained even more experience, and I also had the chance to visit about 90% of the West Coast Specialty Mushroom Farms and collaborate with some of them.
Starting with 2013 until 2015 I was teaching general mycology with emphasis on spawn production, clean room principles, and mushroom cultivation techniques to mushroom grower startups, fungus enthusiasts, and research assistants in the field of mycology from the U.S., and around the world (South Africa, Philippines, Malawi, Lebanon, China, Canada, Romania, Croatia, Iceland, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Iraq, and Namibia) –this was part of the intern program initiated by Aloha Medicinals Inc.
This was a brief introduction on my history as a mycologist, and mushroom grower.
2017- Director of Fructele Pamantului S.R.L. 440272 Satu Mare, SM, Romania
2016: Director of Mycological Research and Development, Technical Support-Aloha Medicinals Inc. 89706 Carson City, NV, USA
2015 – Mushroom Farm Consultant & Mycology Teacher
2013–2015: Teaching Experience -Clean-room and mushroom spawn making techniques, mushroom cultivation techniques, general mycology
2013–2016: Head of Mushroom Spawn & Culturebank Department -Aloha Medicinals Inc. 89706 Carson City, NV, USA
Into Mushroom Growing Since 2005
MUSHROOM FARM VISITS
California: Globe Mushrooms, Far West Fungi, Gourmet Mushrooms, Simply Manna, Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms and more.
SPAWN COMPANY VISITS
Nevada: Sylvan, Aloha Medicinals
2006–2009: PhD in Mycology – Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science and Science Education and Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel
2003–2004: Masters in Systems Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation-Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
1999–2003: Ecology and Environmental Protection-Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
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