This program aims to enable students in learning the biodiversity and in translational merit of the bio-resources in Taiwan. Example is given as the following with a focus on Cordyceps spp. Participating students will have to attend a field trip involving in collecting indigenous fungi, in particular the fungi infected insects and known to be used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), such as Cordyceps spp.
In addition, students will also practice to identify, cultivate and analyze the collected fungi. In this program, bioassays and toxicological test will be conducted to investigate any of their potential usages in medicine and healthy supplement to improve the global health. At last, the protocols for cultivation and fermentation growth in vitro of the Cordyceps spp. will be learned and it is important for future industrialization.