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Biodiversity is biosecurity. Recent advances in science highlight the critical role fungi play in protecting biosecurity. Hence, mycodiversity protects biodiversity. With approximately 10% of mushroom species so far identified, about 15,000 in an estimated population of 150,000, and estimated that mushroom-forming fungi represent only 10% of all fungi in a genome of more than 1,500,000 species, mycologyis underfunded, under-utilized, and underestimated, considering their global impact on ecological health. The CEC will help fund young and seasoned mycologists to expand their knowledge of these important organisms.

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