Special Issue "Environment–Macromycetes (Fungi)–Edible Fungi"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: environmental chemistry; food chemistry and toxicology; mushrooms; halogenated POPs; trace elements; heavy metals and radionuclides
Interests: mycology; fungal ecology; applied mycology
Macromycetes are fungi forming fruiting bodies (sporocarps, mushrooms) that are visible to the naked eye. Many macromycetes have been used by humans as a source of food and medicine for thousands of years, and some species played a role in traditional ceremonies, sometimes with spiritual, mind-altering effects. Other species have caused fatal poisonings due to a variety of toxic metabolites produced in the fruiting bodies. Sporocarps of fungi contain numerous biologically active organic compounds as well as secondary products of various natures. In addition, mushrooms contain minerals important to human and animal nutrition as well as potentially toxic metallic and metalloid elements. Many edible species contain selenium, which is an antioxidant that occurs in fungi in a greater concentration than in other foods both of plant or animal origin. Some macromycetes produce sclerotia, consisting of a dense mass of mycelium buried in the substrate and are used in sub-tropical and tropical countries by humans as a food source. Sclerotia of some fungi contain compounds with pharmacological activity and are used in traditional medicines. On the other hand, mycelium is able to efficiently absorb various environmental contaminants including persistent organohalogenated compounds, heavy metals, and radionuclides from the substrate which are subsequently accumulated in their fruiting bodies. In the case of heavy metals, the possible toxicity depends on the species of mushroom as well as on the element biochemistry. Processing and preservation of edible and medicinal mushrooms may change their chemical composition. This Special Issue will present the latest findings in these areas and collate works through an open call to all researchers working in this field who would like to present their work in this dedicated issue.
Prof. Dr. Jerzy Falandysz
Dr. Roland Treu
Dr. Ji Zhang
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- Fungal active constituents
- Fungi and human health
- Element biochemistry
- Heavy metals
- Medicinal fungi
- Functional foods