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High altitude deep forest mushrooms in Lagawe, Ifugao, Cordillera Autonomous Region, Northern Philippines

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Ramelo B. Ramirez Jr, Julius T. Capili

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.14( 6), 25-30, June 2019


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The researchers documented the edible and medicinal mushrooms located in high altitude and deep forest areas of Lagawe, Ifugao, Cordillera Autonomous Region. Specifically, the study aimed to: (1) conduct a survey of mushrooms naturally growing in Lagawe; (2) conduct taxonomic identification of collected species; and (3) determine their food and medicinal potentials. The collection of specimen was conducted in preparation for taxonomic classification which was done through morphological assessment and photographs and authenticated by the Museum of Natural History and interview of residents was done to determine if the mushrooms are edible and/or medicinal. Results of the study showed that there are five orders of mushrooms, namely, Polyporales (10 families & 2 unidentified), Agaricales (7 families & 3 unidentified), Rusulales (4 families), Auriculiales (2 famiies) and Cantharellales (1 family). of the 29 mushrooms, 7 samples are both edible and medicinal, 13 are edible, 7 are medicinal and 2 are both inedible and non – medicinal. The researchers recommend that the unidentified mushrooms be subjected to barcoding for taxonomic identification, phytochemical analysis, cytotoxicity tests, acute toxicity assays, bioactivity assays, test for contaminants, etc. They further suggest the development of (1) functional food products from the mushrooms which are both edible and medicinal; (2) the mushrooms which are edible only be cultivated for food purposes; & (3) the mushrooms which are medicinal only be developed in herbal formulations.


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High altitude deep forest mushrooms in Lagawe, Ifugao, Cordillera Autonomous Region, Northern Philippines

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