Volume 17 Part 1 Article 76
Title: Isolation and Characterization of Chitosans from Edible Mushrooms
Authors: M. Beran, M. Urban, L. Adamek and J. Spevacek
Beside their traditional food usage, mushrooms can be used as a source of many pharmacologically active compounds, especially polysaccharides. Wastes after industrial processing of edible mushrooms, such as Agaricus or Pleurotus species, can also become free and alternative source of chitin-chitosan materials, beside the traditional industrial source shelfish waste materials.
Chitosan is an attractive material for multiple industrial applications most of them in nutritional, pharmacological, biomedical and cosmetic fields.
Chitosans have been extracted from Pleurotus ostreatus, Agaricus hortensis and Lycoperdon perlatum and characterized by physiochemical methods, including 15C NMR and IR spectrometry.