An effort to domesticate wild edible
mushrooms growing in the forest of Jharkhand
Ajay K Srivastava*,
Fr Prabhat Kennedy Soreng s.j. **
Dept of Botany, St. Xavier�s College, Ranchi, INDIA.
Professor, Department of Botany, St. Xavier�s College, Ranchi, INDIA.
Academic Editor: Dr.
Aher K. R.
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
, Termitomyces clypeatus,T. heimii, Lycoperdon, Calvatia, Geastrum,
Boletus edulis, Russula, Termitomyces microcarpous, Amanita, Clitocybe,
are rich in protein and can easily fit into all�s 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.