Assessing the impacts of climate change on medicinal mushrooms in Zagros Mountains using citizen science

Document Type : Original Article


Young Student Research Center, Ardakan, Yazd Province


Mushrooms are a rich source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. They have important applications for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. But wild mushrooms are facing several threats because of human activities. In this study using questionnaire survey, citizen science and past climate data I showed that the growing season of medicinal mushrooms is changing in Zagros Mountains due to climate change. Thirty-two people were interviewed and climate data of the past 65 years were used to show that mushrooms’ growing season started sooner than expected each year and it is due to global warming. This study uses citizen science to understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity in Iran. This approach can be used in other parts of the country to understand the impacts of climate change in Iran.