Exploring Mushroom Diversity for Pharmaceutical Utility

  • S. S. Saini
  • N. S. Atri

Abstract

Mushrooms are an important group of neutriceuticals which are used for an immense variety of purposes (Chang and Buswell, 1996). Besides their edibility, mushrooms have long been considered to have medicinal properties. Due to their unique composition, they have played an important part in folk medicines as therapy for a variety of ailments. As part of the diet, they are excellent for sufferers of diabetes, obesity, hyperacidity, hypertension, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, anaemia and constipation. A large number of mushroom species including Ganoderma lucidum, Coriolus versicolor, Fomes fometarius, Tremella fuciformis and Lentinus edodes are traditionally used in Chinese folk medicines. Besides the above, other mushrooms, for example Agrocybe cylindracea, Tricholoma mongolicum,Inonotus obliquus, I. hispidus,Pleurotus ostreatus,Collybia dryophila, C. radicata,C. peronata, Suillus bovinus, Coprinus plicatilis,Hypholoma fasciculare,Leucopaxillus giganteus and Pholiotina appendiculata, are being explored extensively for their pharmaceutical utility.

Keywords

Polysaccharide Adenosine Sarcoma Folic Acid Constipation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Saini
    • 1
  • N. S. Atri
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentPunjabi UniversityPatialaIndia

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