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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushr.v1.i4.80
pages 351-370

General Description of the Most Important Medicinal Higher Basidiomycetes Mushrooms. 1.

Solomon P. Wasser
International Centre for Biotechnology and Biodiversity of Fungi Institute of Evolution and Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Alexander L. Weis
international Myko Biologies, Inc., Texas Research Park, 14785 Omicron Dr., Suite 104, San Antonio, TX, 78245, U.S.A.

ABSTRACT

This article contains detailed general mycological information on a number of universally recognized and medicinally valuable higher Basidiomycetes mushrooms: Auricularia auricula-judae (L. :Fr.) Wettst., Tremella fuciformis Berk., T. mesenterica Retz.: Fr., Ganoderma lucidum (Curt.: Fr.) P. Karst., Pleurotus ostreatus (Jacq.: Fr.) Kumm., P. pulmonarius (Fr.: Fr.) Quel. (=P. sajorcaju), and Lentinus edodes (Berk.) Sing. Their biological and ethnomycological properties, taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, description, cultural characteristics, distribution, critical notes, and some medicinal properties are presented. Selected literature is cited on all seven species.