Polyporus tenuiculus: a new naturally occurring mushroom that can be industrially cultivated on agricultural waste

  • Alejandra Omarini
  • Bernardo E. Lechner
  • Edgardo Albertó
Original Paper


Polyporus tenuiculus is a naturally occurring species from Central and South America that is consumed by different ethnic groups in the region. To determine the optimal conditions for fruiting body production, two strains were assayed on wheat straw and sawdust with or without supplements. Sixty days of incubation at 25°C were needed to produce a solid block. The highest yield was obtained with strain ICFC 383/00 grown on supplemented willow sawdust. In a second experiment the strain ICFC 383/00 and different supplements were used to improve the biological efficiency (BE) and to determine the quality traits and its biodegradation capacity. The highest yields were obtained on sawdust with 25% of supplements reaching 82.7% of BE. Supplements raised the number of flushes, generally from four to five, contributing to increased yields. The type of substrate had a significant effect on fruiting body diameters of P. tenuiculus, and the largest mushrooms were harvested on supplemented substrate with the highest BE coinciding with the highest dry matter loss in substrates. P. tenuiculus showed a capacity to degrade sawdust, causing a decrease of 67.2–74.5% in cellulose, 80.4–85.7% in hemicellulose, and 60.6–66.2% in lignin content at the end of the cultivation cycle. The decrease in hemicellulose was relatively greater than that of cellulose and lignin on supplemented substrates. This is the first report of the cultivation of P. tenuiculus on lignocellulosic waste, and it is a promising species both for commercial production and for its potential use in the degradation of other biowastes.


Polyporus tenuiculus Cultivation Lignocellulosic wastes Substrate biodegradation Naturally occurring strains 



This work was supported by the research project PIP 5516 from National Research Council (CONICET, Argentina). E Albertó & BE Lechner are staff members, and A. Omarini is a fellow from CONICET. We thank RM Borgues Da Silveira for providing strains and M. Sierra Marina (UNSAM) for technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandra Omarini
    • 1
  • Bernardo E. Lechner
    • 1
  • Edgardo Albertó
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Mycology and Mushroom CultivationIIB-INTECH (UNSAM-CONICET)ChascomúsArgentina

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