1. bookVolume 62 (2016): Issue 3 (September 2016)
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Medicinal properties of fungi occurring on Betula sp. trees. A review

Published Online: 08 Oct 2016
Page range: 63 - 76
Journal Details
First Published
04 Apr 2014
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

The article presents the chemical costituents and pharmacological properties of polyporoid fungi found on birch, namely Piptoporus betulinus, Inonotus obliquus, Lenzites betulina, Fomes fomentarius, and Trametes versicolor. The in vitro and in vivo studies on the effect of different extracts from above-mentioned fungi on the human organism shown anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and immunostimulant activity, conditioned by the presence of such compounds as polysaccharides, polyphenols or terpenes. These fungi are commonly found in Poland and may superbly compete with Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) or Lentinula edodes (Shitake) used in Asia for medicinal purposes.


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