Interactions of knowledge systems in shiitake mushroom production: a case study on the Noto Peninsula, Japan

Kohsaka, Ryo, Tomiyoshi, Mitsuyuki, Saito, Osamu, Hashimoto, Shizuka and Mohammend, Leah, (2015). Interactions of knowledge systems in shiitake mushroom production: a case study on the Noto Peninsula, Japan. Journal of Forest Research, 20(5), 453-463

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    Author Kohsaka, Ryo
    Tomiyoshi, Mitsuyuki
    Saito, Osamu
    Hashimoto, Shizuka
    Mohammend, Leah
    Title Interactions of knowledge systems in shiitake mushroom production: a case study on the Noto Peninsula, Japan
    Appearing in Journal of Forest Research
    Volume 20
    Issue No. 5
    Publication Date 2015-10
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher Springer Japan
    Start page 453
    End page 463
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper examines the relationships between traditional and modern scientific knowledge regarding shiitake mushroom production in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan. In the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, the success of a new variety of shiitake, the Noto-Temari brand, has boosted the number of farmers, the majority of whom are new to mushroom production. Looking at the production of raw and dried mushrooms of the Noto-Temari brand, the paper compares the knowledge systems of conventional farmers and the newcomers to mushroom production. In the case of the premium-quality Noto-Temari brand, the newcomers achieve a higher rate of production than the conventional mushroom producers do. We apply the knowledge conversion framework of Polanyi (1966) to understand the dynamics of the knowledge system, and find that, in our case, traditional knowledge and techniques can be productive but can also represent obstacles to the adoption of new technology. In other words, it is possible that a knowledge of conventional technology interferes with the utilization of modern knowledge to grow the premium-quality Noto-Temari brand.
    UNBIS Thesaurus TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
    Keyword Log cultivation
    Mushroom farming
    Non-timber forest products
    Shiitake mushrooms
    Copyright Holder The Japanese Forest Society and Springer Japan
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 13416979
    DOI 10.1007/s10310-015-0491-4
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