Love for mother Earth & the passion to do something for the environment led Mr. Anurag Yadav (co-founder MycoForest) into the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) to pursue Environmental Engineering and Management. During his stay at IITK, he learned about the formation of the earth, its natural systems and origin of life which quickly expanded into a grave interest in life, evolution of species, ecology and environment. The idea of growing and working with fungi or mushrooms struck while he was working on an air pollution research project at Shiv Nadar University.
And after two years of research, training (at Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR), Solan and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gwalior), and practice in the field of mycology (the study of fungi), he together with his friend, co-founded MycoForest, mushroom cultivation and distribution firm which currently specializes in the cultivation of Cordyceps militaris, a parasitic fungus that feeds on insects and grows off their exoskeleton. A completely vegan method is followed where brown rice and other nutrients are derived from pure vegetarian sources.