Mushrooms: New Biofactories for Nanomaterial Production of Different Industrial and Medical Applications

  • Hesham Ali El EnshasyEmail author
  • Daniel Joel
  • Dhananjaya P. Singh
  • Roslinda Abd Malek
  • Elsayed Ahmed Elsayed
  • Siti Zulaiha Hanapi
  • Kugen Kumar
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


For many years, fungi have been considered as a high-potential biofactory for the production of nanoparticles based on their fast growth and high yield. Of a different fungal group, edible mushrooms have been given more attention as a biofactory based on their generally regarded as safe (GRAS) status according to the FDA. Therefore, many types of mushrooms have been widely employed for the production of nanoparticles, such as those belonging to Agaricus, Ganoderma, Pleurotus, Schizophyllum, Cordyceps, and Trametes species. This chapter reviews in detail the biosynthesis and new processes applied for the production of nanomaterials using mushrooms, with a special focus on the factors affecting the biosynthesis and characterization of the nanoparticle. In addition, more attention was given to the recent trend and potential medical applications of metal nanoparticles derived from mushrooms. Furthermore, other applications of mushroom metal nanoparticles in the environment and agriculture have also been highlighted in this review.


Mushrooms Nanoparticle biosynthesis Nanoparticle characterization Medical applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hesham Ali El Enshasy
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Daniel Joel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dhananjaya P. Singh
    • 4
  • Roslinda Abd Malek
    • 1
  • Elsayed Ahmed Elsayed
    • 5
    • 6
  • Siti Zulaiha Hanapi
    • 1
  • Kugen Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD)Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)Johor BahruMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Chemical and Energy EngineeringUniversiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)Johor BahruMalaysia
  3. 3.City of Scientific Research and Technology Application, New Burg Al ArabAlexandriaEgypt
  4. 4.ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important MicroorganismsKushmaurIndia
  5. 5.Bioproducts Research Chair, Zoology Department, Faculty of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  6. 6.Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products DepartmentNational Research CentreCairoEgypt

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