Volume 19 Part 1 Article 55
Title: A New Analytical Fingerprinting Method for Quality Control of Medicinal Mushroom Products
Author: Jeff Chilton
A systematic scientific testing methodology is proposed for medicinal mushroom products. Sixty samples representing 6 species of basidiomycetes and ascomycetes were evaluated for β-(1–3)(1–6)-glucans, α-glucans, and ergosterol. Using a fruit body for a baseline, test results demonstrate that β-glucans and ergosterol provide a value range that permits the development of a fingerprint and enables accurate quality control over a range of medicinal mushroom morphological stages. Testing for α-glucan reveals levels of starch-based adulterants and carrier materials.