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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2019030896
pages 523-536

A Review on Nutritional and Biological Potential of Earthstar Mushrooms, Species of Genus Astraeus ( Agaricomycetes)

Pankaj Singh
Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad, India-500100
Vinay K. Varshney
Chemistry Division, Forest Research Institute PO New Forest, Dehra Dun 248 006, India
K. Jayaram Kumar
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, BIT, Mesra, Ranchi-835303
Sanjay Singh
Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi-835303


The Astraeus genus (Diplocystaceae) of ectomycorrhizal edible mushrooms is represented by nine species: A. asiaticus, A. hygrometricus, A. koreanus, A. morganii, A. odoratus, A. pteridis, A. sirindhorniae, A. smithii, and A. telleriae. Astraeus mushrooms, because of their characteristic delicacy and aroma, are marketed in several countries. Chemical examinations of these mushrooms have revealed their nutritional properties and bioactive constituents. Here, the proximate nutritional composition of A. hygrometricus and A. odoratus, and chemistry and biological activity of A. asiaticus, A. hygrometricus, A. odoratus, and A. pteridis were reviewed. Several mycochemicals, including polysaccharides, terpenoids, steroids, phenolics and heterocyclic compounds, have been characterized in their fruiting body. Various biological activities of these compounds are also discussed.


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