Workshop 19th Oct 2018

International Workshop on Mycological Forests

Advances in the management and valorization of edible wild mushrooms in Europe and Canada.

Within the framework of the Collaboration between the European Mycological Institute (EMI) and the Center for the Development of Bioproducts of Quebec (Canada), an International Scientific and Technical Workshop entitled “Mycological Forests: Advances in the management and valorization of edible wild mushrooms in Europe and Canada has been programmed.

The seminar is aimed at managers and forest owners, university students, mycological societies and people interested in knowing how progress is being made on both sides of the Atlantic in terms of the management and valorization of wild edible fungi of our forests.

The program starts with an introductory general overview. New developments such as the mycology program of Aragón (MICOARAGÓN) or the National Operational Group FungiGO, but also the balance of pioneering programs such as MICOCYL in Castilla y León or Mycomauricie in Canada are presented. From the point of view of the territorial diagnosis of the resource, the results obtained in the province of Teruel and in the boreal forests of Canada will be presented.

Finally, the opportunities of the tourism product linked to edible wild mushrooms and the role of private companies in the development of the sector in Auvergne (France) will be presented.



Ángel Berzosa

General Director of Forest Management of the Government of Aragon.


Isidro García

Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to Spain, in charge of forest products, wood building construction; mining and, in charge of the science and technology relations.

Fernando Martínez Peña

PhD. Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Currently Research Director of the Agrifood Research and Technology Center (Government of Aragon) and Director of the European Mycological Institute. Specialized in ecology, sustainable management and valorization of forest mycological resources. Coordinator of national and European R + D + i projects and author of scientific publications in his specialty.

Pascale Malenfant

Environmental Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Postgraduate in Applied Sustainable Development at Université du Québec. She has been working at the Bioproducts Development Center (BIOPTERRE) since 2012, where she has carried out more than 50 applied research projects in the areas of Micotechnology, NWFP and Innovative Culture with the aim of supporting companies and communities in the innovation.

Ricardo Forcadell Pérez

Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Currently director of forestry consulting QILEX, SOC, COOP. Specialized in Forest Management and Planning. Member of the MICOARAGÓN Operative Group for the sustainable management and valorization of the mycological resource of Aragón. Coordinator of the Cooperation Project of the Mycological Park of the Community of Albarracín.

Alvaro Picardo Nieto

Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Advisor to the Forest Service in the Government of Castilla y León and responsible for the mycology program of Castilla y León. Promoter of numerous R+D+i projects in forestry.

Patrick Lupien

Forest Engineering. Responsible for the Forest Management and Agroforestry Services within the Mauricie Wood Marketing Board since 2000. Devoted to popularizing silviculture and participating in the evolution of the forestry sector in Quebec (Canadá). Coordinator of the Mauricie wild mushroom partnership since 2014. Since 2012, he has been actively involved in the establishment of the Mauricie mycological sector, an initiative stemming from the Mauricie’s private woodlot owners association. The Mauricie region has now several companies active in commercial picking and a new dynamic and increasingly structured mycotourism and gastronomic sector, greatly influence by the stakeholders mobilization in all sectors. He has published multiple technical support guides for the silvicultural management of hardwood and mixedwood forest and was recently involved in writing sections of the provincial silviculture guides of the Quebec Ministry of Forests.

Hugo Germain

Professor at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières since 2012. He holds the Canadian Research Chair in Functional Genetics of Patosystems since 2017. He has been Director of the Plant Biology Research Group at UQTR since 2015 and Director of International Affairs for the strategic cluster of Quebec SEVE since 2018. He has published more than 25 scientific publications. Interested in edible fungi, more specifically in the biology of the lobster mushroom  and in the mapping of the fungal mycelium.

Joaquin Latorre

Master in Tourism Innovation and Marketing. Currently Secretary General of the European Mycological Institute and professor at the University of Valladolid. From 2012 to 2018 he was responsible for research and promoting of micotourism in the Mycology Program of Castilla y León. He has participated in European and national R+D+i projects and is the author of scientific publications in the field of micotourism.

Sergio de Miguel

Doctor of Science (Agriculture & Forestry) from the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Finland). Currently, Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Crop and Forest Science of the University of Lleida (UdL, Spain), Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI), and Head of the GFBI Hub located at the University of Lleida. Specialized in forest ecology and management, with strong focus on fungal ecology and ecosystem multifunctionality in relation to the provision of multiple forest ecosystem services. Participation in multiple national and European R + D + i projects including several H2020 projects, and author of high-impact scientific publications.

Jean Rondet

Agronomist from the University of the Sorbonne in Paris. Delegate of the European Mycological  Institute in France. Specialized in management and valuation of forest mycological resources. He has been coordinator of European projects and author of numerous publications and activities on the diagnosis, management and valorization of the mycological resource.

Celia Herrero de Aza

phD. Forestry Engineer from the University of Valladolid. Currently R+D+i technical in ECM Environmental Engineering S.L., small enterprise which coordinates the operative group fungiGO. Specialized in modelling and Carbon fixation in forest ecosystems, currently, she is focused on holistic management of forest ecosystems, the influence of silviculture in fungal productivity and the effects of climate change in forests resources. 



  • 12.00 h. Opening: Angel Berzosa Director General de Gestión Forestal de Gobierno de Aragón and Isidro García. Trade Commissioner (Forest Industries). Embassy of Canada in Spain.
  • 12.30 h Presentation of the Mycology Program of Aragon (MICOARAGÓN). Fernando Martínez Peña. CITA-Aragón.
  • 13.00 h. Is silviculture able to enhance wild forest mushroom resources? Current knowledge and future perspectives Sergio de Miguel. Univ de Lleida / CTFC
  • 13.30 h. Mycological resources in Quebec-Canada. Pascale Malenfant Center de Développement des Bioproduits. Biopterre-Québec-Canada.
  • 14.00. Discussion and questions.
  • 14.30 h. Lunch.
  • 15.30 h. Balance of the Mycology program in Castilla y León. Alvaro Picardo Nieto. Government of Castilla and Leon.
  • 16.00h. Balance of the Mycology program in the Mauricie Region – Quebec (Canada). Patrick Lupien. Filière Mycologique de la Mauricie. Quebec.Canadá.
  • 16.30. Using mathematical modeling to predict fungal presence in the boreal forest. Hugo Germain University of Quebec Trois Rivieres. Quebec. Canadá.
  • 17.00 h. Mycological Potential of the province of Teruel. Ricardo Forcadell. MICOARAGÓN / Rural Bioeconomy Innovation Center / Qilex SL.
  • 17.30h. Presentation of the FungiGO National Operational Group. Celia Herrero. ECM / IdForest/Universidad de Valladolid.
  • 18.00 h. Background and opportunities of Mycotourism. Joaquin Latorre. European Mycological Institute.
  • 18,30 h. Public/private model of management and valorization of mycological resources in Auvergne (France). Jean Rondet. European Mycological Institute-France.
  • 19.00 h. Discussion and questions.
  • 19.30 h. Closing of the seminar.

Simultaneous translation Spanish-French

How to go?

Venue: IAMZ-CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza. Av. Montañana 1005. 50059 Zaragoza. SPAIN

Date: 19 October 2018.

Schedule: 12:00 to 19:30


Limited places, free registration before October 16 th.