Matsutake Trade in Yunnan Province, China: An Overview
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Matsutake Trade in Yunnan Province, China: An Overview. Matsutake are economically important wild mushrooms that contribute greatly to rural livelihoods and local economies in many parts of the northern hemisphere. This paper provides an overview of the matsutake trade in Yunnan province, China, where increased attention is being given to the sustainable utilization of nontimber forest products. Topics covered include the distribution, production, and export of matsutake in Yunnan, and the market chain for matsutake in Yunnan, whereby matsutake are harvested from the wild and exported to Japan within 48 hours.
Key WordsMatsutake mushroom trade Yunnan
The authors thank Prof. Anthony B. Cunningham for recommending this work for Economic Botany’s special mushroom issue, and David Arora for showing interest in the paper and, most importantly, providing editorial help.
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