Given the great habitat diversity and the resulting fungi diversity in Costa Rica, INBio entered the mycology field in 1996 with an inventory of the nation’s fungi.

A sampling protocol has been defined for the development of this research, which involves the combined work of “parataxonomists”, technicians and curators from INBio, as well as international taxonomists. In addition to learning about the species present in the country, these teams carry out ecological studies related to the abundance, seasonality and diversity of species in the different conservation areas, and provide the information to users in various formats.

The unit collects, processes and maintains a collection of fungi from Costa Rica, which constitutes a valuable source of information for a variety of studies in systematics, ecology, physiology, genetics and conservation. It is also a reference source for efforts aimed at monitoring the effect of environmental changes caused by global warming, pollution, forest fragmentation and other environmental upheavals. 


The fungi inventory generates accessible information for everyone, where the possible uses of the different groups is emphasized to contribute to their conservation.

Since 2002, the fungi unit has ventured in the research and cultivation of eatable and medicinal fungi species, both from commercial and wild origins aiming to provide its public diverse courses, assessments and training in the field.

Nowadays INBio has a specialized laboratory in fungi cultivation research, where a commercial inoculums is produced to sell to national and foreign producers, as well as other elements to implement in its consumption and cultivation.

For more information about fungi visit:

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Costa Rica’s Fungi Webpage

Guide macrofungi of Costa Rica

Genres of Tropical Lichens

Entomopathogenic fungi

Inventory of Fungi Costarica









Las colecciones biológicas respaldan el inventario de biodiversidad que ha venido desarrollando el INBio desde su inicio en 1989 en estrecha colaboración con Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE) y el Sistema Nacional de Área de Conservación (SINAC) en todas las regiones del país y con la colaboración y el apoyo de gran cantidad de personas,  instituciones y gobiernos: parataxónomos, técnicos, expertos nacionales y extranjeros, voluntarios, estudiantes, museos, centros de investigación, universidades, organismos internacionales, agencias para el desarrollo y fundaciones.

Para mas información visite: Colecciones





Cursos y Capacitaciones


Para INBio es esencial compartir, difundir y popularizar ideas, valores, conocimiento y experiencia sobre la biodiversidad y sus usos sostenibles. Uno de las medios que INBio emplea para esto es a través de cursos, talleres, giras demostrativas y otras actividades. Le invitamos a explorar nuestras actividades programadas.

Para mas información visite: Cursos y Capacitaciones