Volume 19 Part 1 Article 129
Title: Cultivation of Chaga in Low-productive Peatland Forests – Comparison of Antioxidative Properties of Conks and Inoculants
Author: Eira-Maija Savonen, Niko Silvan, Tytti Sarjala
Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a wood-rotting fungus of deciduous trees. The sterile sclerotial conk on the trunk of living tree has been used as folk medicine for centuries. Later comprehensive studies have revealed chaga mushroom to contain a large variety of biologically active substances with antioxidant, antitumoral, antiviral and immune response effects. Phenolic compounds, melanins, and trierpenoids among others have been identified. Several chaga containing products for well-being have been developed and are available on the market. In order to ensure constant supply of raw material for entrepreneurs, and to get additional incomes from nutrient poor, low-productive drained peatland forests a non-sterile cultivation protocol for chaga mushroom was developed.