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Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 555–562 | Cite as

An assessment of Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) collection in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Nepal

  • Barna Bahadur Thapa
  • Saroj Panthi
  • Rajesh Kumar Rai
  • Uttam Babu Shrestha
  • Achyut Aryal
  • Sabina Shrestha
  • Bhushan Shrestha
Article

Abstract

Yarsagumba (Ophiocordyceps sinensis), an endemic species to the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau, is one of the most valuable medicinal mushrooms in the world. In Nepal, it is distributed largely in isolated patches of alpine grasslands of 3,000-5,000 m elevation. Although it is reported from 27 northernmost districts of Nepal, the local distribution pattern of this species is largely unknown. Furthermore, the collection system and local management regime of this species are not well documented. We conducted a field survey at Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve (DHR) among the different stakeholders in January-June 2012 to assess collection sites, patterns and trends and to understand the management regime. We estimated that about 75 kg of Yarsagumba is collected every year from DHR and the amount has been declining since 2008. To manage the resource, locals have initiated regulating the collection by issuing permits, taxing to the collectors, and monitoring the activities of harvesters with the help of park authorities. The revenue generated at local level from the permits has been used for community developmental activities.

Keywords

Chinese caterpillar fungus Medicinal fungus Himalayan gold Conservation Yartsagunbu 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barna Bahadur Thapa
    • 1
  • Saroj Panthi
    • 2
  • Rajesh Kumar Rai
    • 3
  • Uttam Babu Shrestha
    • 4
  • Achyut Aryal
    • 5
  • Sabina Shrestha
    • 6
    • 7
  • Bhushan Shrestha
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of National Parks and Wildlife ConservationBabar MahalKathmanduNepal
  2. 2.Dhorpatan Hunting ReserveBaglung StationBaglungNepal
  3. 3.Green Governance NepalKathmanduNepal
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA
  5. 5.Institute of Natural and Mathematical SciencesMassey UniversityAlbany, AucklandNew Zealand
  6. 6.Graduate School of Biotechnology, Institute of Life Sciences and ResourcesKyung Hee UniversityYonginRepublic of Korea
  7. 7.Green Energy Mission/NepalGhatte Kulo, Anam NagarKathmanduNepal
  8. 8.Mushroom Research Division, National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal ScienceRural Development AdministrationSuwonRepublic of Korea

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