Volume 19 Part 1 Article 77
Title: African mycodiversity, a huge potential for mushroom trade and industry
Author: Jérôme Degreef, Laurent Demuynck, Simon Dibaluka, Isaac Diansambu, Bill Kasongo, Assumpta Mukandera, Benoît Nzigidahera, Nourou S. Yorou and André De Kesel
A comprehensive study was conducted in tropical Africa and allowed us to update a list of 138 wild edible mushrooms available on the continent. Findings on this huge mycodiversity rely on traditional knowledge recorded from the local population whereas taxonomic data are supported by reference specimens collected in the field. Restoration of endangered miombo woodlands is encouraged to boost the local production and promote the exportation of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Valorization of wild saprotrophic strains through successful cultivation tests reveals the huge potential of the African mycoflora.