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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/IntJMedMushrooms.v18.i10.10
pages 851-859

Medicinal Value and Taxonomy of the Tinder Polypore, Fomes fomentarius (Agaricomycetes): A Review

Ján Gáper
Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Technical University in Zvolen, Zvolen, Slovak Republic; Faculty of Sciences, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Svetlana Gáperová
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic
Peter Pristas
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Pavol Josef Safarik University, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Kosice, Slovak Republic
Katerina Naplavova
Faculty of Sciences, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic

ABSTRACT

The tinder polypore, Fomes fomentarius, is a wood-decaying macrofungus well known for its potential use in a wide range of biotechnological applications. The existence of 3 distinct internal transcribed spacer lineages/sublineages among its strains has been clearly established. Sublineage A1 consists of strains isolated from North America, whereas sublineage A2 consists of strains only from Europe. Lineage B comprises strains from Europe and Asia. A better understanding of the biological features of F. fomentarius lineages/sublineages could lead to improved characterization, leading to better biotechnological applications. The medicinal value of F. fomentarius is discussed.


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