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Cordyceps Mushroom Cultivation

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Growing Cordyceps
The substrates and methodology used in producing cordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps sinensis is an insect parasitizing fungus of the ascomycetes family, Cordyceps sinensis is most commonly found wildly growing in Tibet and China. The mushroom – in its wild enviroment – lives off the larvae of the moth, Hepialus armoricanus. Cordyceps can also grow on other species of moth or any medium conducive to its growth. The normal range of this fungus is above 2000 meters elevation, and it has been found as high as 6000 meters. there are other strains of cordyceps which have interestingly potent compounds which are biologically active, just like those found in cordyceps sinensis. The cordyceps genus has shown wide ranging capabilities such as effective anti tumour capabilities, its ability to stimulate the immune system and its usage in potent anti-biotics.
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DRUGS FROM FUNGI

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Introduction

Fungi make an extraordinarily important contribution to managing disease in humans and other animals. At the beginning of the 21st century, Fungi were involved in the industrial processing of more than 10 of the 20 most profitable products used in human medicine. Two anti-cholesterol statins, the antibiotic penicillin and the immunosuppressant cyclosporin A are among the top 10. Each of these has a turn over in excess of $1 billion annually. Drug discovery continues. The following have recently been approved for human use: Micafungin is an antifungal agent; mycophenolate is used to prevent tissue rejection; Rosuvastatin is usd to reduce cholesterol; and cefditoren as an antibiotic. Read more

Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis (syn. Cordyceps sinensis), is highly valued in China as a dietary supplement or tonic food and natural remedy.

The combination of the fungus and dead insect has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and evidence shows its efficacy on immunomodulatory potentials. The price of O.sinensis has continued to increase over the last few years due to growing worldwide demand, driving research to determine methods of artificial cultivation to make O. sinensis a more affordable material for commercial trade.

This study highlights many aspects of artificial cultivation of O. sinensis, including separation of the anamorph, culture of The artificial cultivation of medicinal Caterpillar Fungus Read more

Hericium erinaceus,Lion’s Mane

Hericium erinaceus,Lion’s Mane

Hericium erinaceus (also called Lion’s Mane MushroomBearded Tooth MushroomHedgehog MushroomSatyr’s Beard,Bearded Hedgehog Mushroompom pom mushroom, or Bearded Tooth Fungus) is an edible mushroom and medicinal mushroom in the tooth fungus group. Native to North AmericaEurope and Asia[1] it can be identified by its tendency to grow all the spines out from one group (rather than branches), long spines (greater than 1 cm length) and its appearance on hardwoods. Hericium erinaceus can be mistaken for other species of Hericium, all popular edibles, which grow across the same range. In the wild, these mushrooms are common during late summer and fall on hardwoods, particularly American Beech. Read more

Ancient Fungi bioFuel

Ancient Fungi bioFuel

A study released today in the journal Science identifies how a group of fungi prevalent in Oregon evolved to digest wood, properties that today hold promise for biofuels and even to clean up environmental contamination. 

Cellulosic ethanol is a plant-based biofuel. Much like brewing beer, yeast converts a carbohydrate called cellulose into alcohol. But the yeast can’t access the cellulose if it’s trapped by lignin, says Dr. Christine Kelly of OSU, who was not involved in the study. Plants use lignin to prevent the exact sort of microbial attack used to produce cellulosic ethanol. Current techniques to separate lignin from cellulose usually involve chemical extraction or heat, but each has drawbacks. Read more


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