Mushroom research and development activities actually started its humble beginning in May 2000 and housed in the Biology Laboratory. It was then called the Mushroom Research and Development Laboratory. Latter on, it evolved into the Mushroom Research and Development Center.
The center became fully operational in February 2003 upon the construction of the Laboratory building nestled in a 4,000 square meter lot of the college. Within the confines of the center is a laboratory room where strains of cultured mushrooms are being stored; office of the project manager and staff; working area; and a lecture room for trainings and seminars. Recently the Commission on Higher Education released P650,000.00 through its Technology Commercialization Program for the construction of a mushroom fruiting house and acquisition of the state of the art equipments for the project entitled, “Mushroom for Profit: A Livelihood Assistance Project for the Youth in Pangasinan”. This is possible because of the uncessing efforts and initiative of the university president, Dr. Rodolfo V. Asanion.
Since its operation in the year 2000, the MRDC has already conducted more than 40 trainings and demonstrations for farmers, students, growers and entrepreneures in the eastern part of Pangasinan. Consequently, trainings cum demonstrations radiated to the central and western municipalities of Pangasinan.The MRDC forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City Government of Alaminos in 2004 and LGU of Mangaldan in 2005 for the establishment of mushroom laboratory. MOAs were also executed with the LGUs of Umingan, Natividad, San Nicolas, City Government of Urdaneta and various cooperatives. The MOAs aimed to pool the resources of the collaborating agencies to promote the technology and be adopted their constituents.
It is envisioned that the MRDC will be a venue for trainings and demonstrations, research and production in the Ilocos Region.VISION
The Mushroom Research and Development Center (MRDC) as a leader in mushroom research, development and production in the Ilocos region in the next ten years.
Aims for the sustainable production, marketing and distribution of high quality and adaptable strains of mushroom species accessible for marginalized farmers, students, entrepreneurs and mushroom growers.
The project aims to:
1. serve as a site facility for instruction, research and venue for extension/ dissemination services for faculty, students and stakeholders;
2. develop mushroom technologies that are adaptable to the condition of Pangasinan and to the semi-arid condition of Region I;
3. provide quality pure cultures, sub-cultures, mother and planting spawn and fruiting bags, food, additional nutrients, generate income and jobs for the marginalized farmers, students, entrepreneurs and stakeholders.