Highly Advanced Culture Technology
By nature, mushrooms are demanding fungi. They have a constant need for nurturing and require much attention. At Hokto, our technological advances have afforded us complete control over the cultivation process, meaning a consistent, safe, and delicious supply of mushrooms all year around.
Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to tightly control temperature, humidity, and light exposure throughout the mushrooms' entire growing cycle. Much of the operation is fully or partially automated, using conveyor belts among growing rooms, cooling chambers, and our harvesting and packing facility.
Researching Mushrooms as a Key to Good Health
One of Hokto's key strategies is its emphasis on researching the many beneficial properties of mushrooms. To this end, they established the Mushroom General Research Institute in Nagano, Japan which aims to research the many beneficial properties of mushrooms.
In addition to conducting its own research, the Institute also collaborates in various research programs with universities. One recent and particularly notable example was a joint research program conducted with Tohoku Universitry, which found that an extract from certain Hokto mushrooms could induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in tumorous cells. This research was announced at an academic conference in December 2012 to widespread media coverage.
The Institute also works to research other issues, such as radioactivity in food which is a big issue in Japan following the events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Hokto mushrooms and growing mediums are regularly tested for radioactivity by a third party inspection institute using high-sensitivity germanium semiconductor detectors. No trace has ever been found.