Cultivation, Conservation and Medicinal Significance of Macrofungi

  • S. K. Singh
  • Rakesh Pathak


Mushrooms are saprophytic macrofungi. Due to differences in sexuality patterns, mostly diploid pure mycelia cultures are raised as tissue culture on suitable cereal grains. Cultivation techniques of Pleurotus spp., Calocybe indica and Agaricus bisporus (long, short and indoor composting methods) with spawn and substrate preparation are discussed. Improved methodologies of mushroom culture preservation for a short or long period with advantages and limitations are discussed. Anticancer, anti-heart attack, anti-HIV, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, hepato- and nephroprotective, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, cardiovascular, respiratory, anti-hepatotoxic, pharmacological properties (antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral), and production of novel bioactive molecules by mushrooms are highlighted.


Mushrooms Mycelium conservation Medicinal properties Bioactive molecules 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. K. Singh
    • 1
  • Rakesh Pathak
    • 1
  1. 1.ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research InstituteJodhpurIndia

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