Fungi Treasure: Chinese and American Edible Mushroom Treasures
by Mo-Mei Chen
, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley

About the author

Mo-Mei Chen is currently specialist of Forest Pathology and Mycology at Beijing Normal University and a consultant scientist at the Chinese Academy of Agriculture. She was born in Beijing and is now residing in California, U.S.A. In 1954, she graduated from the Dept. of Plant Protection, China Agricultural University. Afterward, she did graduate training in the field of forest science with Russian forest pathology experts. She taught at the North West Agriculture & Forestry University and Inner-Mongolia Agriculture University for almost 20 years. In 1987, the Chinese Academy of Forestry appointed her to the position of professor. She served as professor and vice director of the forest pathology laboratory in the Chinese Academy of Forestry, as committee member of the Chinese Plant Protection Society, and general secretary of forest pathology of the Chinese Forestry Society. During 1975-1976, she was one of four women in a team of 400 scientists with the Integrated Scientific Expedition in Tibet, which was a project initiated by the Chinese Academy of Science. From this project, she co-authored the monographs 'Tibetan Fungi'; (1983) and 'Tibetan Forest' (1985) published by Science Press, Beijing. From 1982 to 1984, Chen MoMei was appointed visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and continued her research in forest fungi phytogeography and international quarantine, In 1984, she was appointed visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, researching and consulting on pest risk assessments to Unites States, China and international quarantine programs. She has made significant contributions to Chinese-American scientific exchange in these universities.

In her long career, she received 12 national, provincial, university awards. In 1987, Mo-Mei Chen received the Science and Technology Advancement Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She has published 104 scientific articles, including 18 monographs. Two of her monographs are on display in the Nature History Museum at the University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley: 'The Forest Fungi Phytogeography' (2002) includes one new genus, seven new species of rust fungi, and presents new evidence and theories on flora analyses and proposed Fungal flora names, and 'Magnificent Chinese and American Redwoods' (Science Press Beijing, 2009). Her third book is 'Fungi Treasure: Chinese and American Edible Mushroom Treasures' (12 volumes, self-published, University and Jepson Herbaria, 2011).

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