Uses of Fungi

The fifth kingdom, and some of the fungi that have influenced world history.

A selection of pages at Tom Volk's Fungi

Agaricus bisporus - the white button mushroom, portabella.

Claviceps purpurea - ergotism, contributor to past unrest in Europe, and the Salem Witch Trials.

Fomes fomentarius - the tinder polypore; used for thousands of years.

Phytophthora infestans - late blight of potato and the Irish potato famine.

Rozites caperata - the gypsy mushroom, reported to have antiviral activity.

PDF files on the web - need Acrobat Reader

Novel Antimicrobials from mushrooms by Paul Stamets.

Additional web sites - I am just providing the links. These sites has not been reviewed by me for accuracy or content.

Uses of fungi - Botanical.com, a modern herbal.

Ergot - by Andrea Salvador and Gillian Kolla, October 1995.

Fungi in the King's American Dispensatory 1898 - in this herbal the "Boletus.—White Agaric" is Fomitopsis officinalis. Page also includes Amanitas and other fungi.

At Your Grocer

The store mushroom, Agaricus bisporus is one of the most widely cultivated mushrooms.

Future drugs

Trametes versicolor is one of many fungi that are being tested for use in cancer treatments.

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