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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

 

Volume 3, Issue 3, 2012 pp 88-92

 

Research Article

 

An effort to domesticate wild edible mushrooms growing in the forest of Jharkhand

 

Ajay K Srivastava*, Fr Prabhat Kennedy Soreng s.j. **

*Head, Dept of Botany, St. Xavierís College, Ranchi, INDIA.

**Asst Professor, Department of Botany, St. Xavierís College, Ranchi, INDIA.

Academic Editor:  Dr. Aher K. R.

 

Abstract

Jharkhand has a rich biodiversity of wild edible mushrooms. A number of edible mushrooms growing in their natural habitats are being collected by the local people during the rainy season for their consumption or sale. Some of the common wild edible mushrooms of Jharkhand are Macrolepiota procera , Termitomyces clypeatus,T. heimii, Lycoperdon, Calvatia, Geastrum, Boletus edulis, Russula, Termitomyces microcarpous, Amanita, Clitocybe, Armillaria etc.They are rich in protein and can easily fit into allís platter, being a vegetarian product.  The villagers are acquainted with them, but they just collect them and consume. The idea to conserve and cultivate them is still eluding them. The ongoing study is an effort to domesticate some of these wild edible mushrooms in an artificial condition that they can be conserved and grown all throughout the year and standardize a package of practice for these mushrooms so that villagers could find some avenues to generate income through mushroom cultivation and marketing.