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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.v1.i1.50
pages 69-80

Medicinal Value of the Genus Pleurotus (Fr.) P.Karst. (Agaricales s.l., Basidiomycetes)

Nina Gunde-Cimerman
Department for Biotechnology and Industrial Mycology, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdzihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana; University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Vecna pot 111,1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

ABSTRACT

Species of the genus Pleurotus are widespread in hardwood forests around the world. Since the beginning of their commercial cultivation, their popularity has mainly increased because of their ease of cultivation and nutritional value. Traditional medicine attributed medicinal properties to Pleurotus spp. Scientific evidence supports their importance as producers of substances with antibiotic, antiviral, anticarcinogenic, antiinflammatory, and hypocholesterolemic activities.