Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 24, Issue 22, pp 1839–1845 | Cite as

Medicinal mushrooms: a rapidly developing area of biotechnology for cancer therapy and other bioactivities

  • John E. Smith
  • Neil J. Rowan
  • Richard Sullivan


Historically, medicinal mushrooms (basidiomycetes) have been shown to have profound health promoting benefits and recent studies, which are reviewed here, are now confirming their medical efficacy and identifying many of the bioactive molecules. Methods of large-scale cultivation by solid substrate and liquid culture fermentations are also briefly described.

cancer immunology medicinal mushrooms solid and liquid fermentations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Smith
    • 1
    • 2
  • Neil J. Rowan
    • 1
  • Richard Sullivan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BioscienceUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland
  2. 2.MycoBiotech Ltd.Singapore
  3. 3.Cancer Research CampaignLondonUK

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