1st Edition

Ganoderma Cultivation, Chemistry and Medicinal Applications, Volume 1

Edited By Krishnendu Acharya, Somanjana Khatua Copyright 2024
    230 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Ganoderma holds significant traditional importance in various ethnic cultures around the world, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea. Many indigenous traditions have incorporated Ganoderma into medicinal practices, being considered a symbol of longevity, vitality, and good health. At present, the taxon is believed to possess various health benefits and is used to treat ailments and promote overall well-being. In this context, the first volume of the book, titled Ganoderma: Cultivation, Chemistry and Medicinal Applications, aims to comprehensively cover the taxonomy, morphological features, domestication strategies, structures of secondary metabolites, and therapeutic prospects of Ganoderma. It may serve as a definite resource for students, researchers, healthcare professionals, traditional medicine practitioners, and enthusiasts.


    • Provides a comprehensive classification system for Ganoderma species, highlighting their taxonomy and distinguishing characteristics
    • Delves into the techniques and practices involved in cultivating Ganoderma, offering detailed guidance for individuals interested in growing this valuable fungus
    • Explores the cultural and traditional significance of Ganoderma in various ethnic cultures intertwined with customs, beliefs, rituals, myths, and folklore around the world
    • Investigates the secondary metabolites of Ganoderma, highlighting their implications
    • Examines diverse bioactivities associated with Ganoderma, including antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, prebiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritis, anticancer, hypolipidemic, and cholesterol-lowering effects

    This book includes relevant illustrations, diagrams, and images to enhance the understanding of concepts associated with Ganoderma.

    1. Taxonomy, Phylogeny, and Beneficial Uses of Ganoderma (Ganodermataceae, Polyporales)

    M. C. A. Galappaththi, A. K. H. Priyashantha, N. M. Patabendige, Steven L. Stephenson, K. K. Hapuarachchi, and S. C. Karunarathna

    2. Cultivation Strategies of Ganoderma or the Reishi Mushroom

    Prakash Pradhan, Jayita De, and Krishnendu Acharya

    3. Ganoderma in Traditional Culture

    Anita Klaus and Wan Abd Al Qadr Imad Wan-Mohtar

    4. It Is Said That Antioxidants Are Our Answer to Immortality: An Insight into the Antioxidant Activity of Ganoderma

    Maja Kozarski and Jovana Vunduk

    5. Hepatoprotective Effect of Ganoderma lucidum (Curt.:Fr.) P. Karst

    Thekkuttuparambil A. Ajith and Kainoor K. Janardhanan

    6. Antidiabetic Effects of Ganoderma: Prospects and Challenges

    Chia Wei Phan, Vikineswary Sabaratnam, and Umah Rani Kuppusamy

    7. Ganoderma: A Pharmacological Mushroom with Remarkable Potency in Human Gut Microflora Dysbiosis

    Supratim Mandal and Adhiraj Roy

    8. Structural Elucidation and Medicinal Attributes of Secondary Metabolites from Ganoderma

    Predrag Petrović and Jovana Vunduk

    9. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Arthritis Properties of Ganoderma

    Kunal Kumar Saha, Anik Barman, and Narayan Chandra Mandal

    10. Magical Mushroom: Ganoderma—A Promising Treatment for Cancer

    Sudeshna Nandi, Annika Marial Paul, Anish Nag, and Krishnendu Acharya

    11. Hypolipidemic and Cholesterol-Lowering Effects of Ganoderma

    Aloke Saha and Somanjana Khatua


    Krishnendu Acharya, PhD, earned a master’s in botany at the University of Calcutta and then earned an MTech in biotechnology and a PhD at Jadavpur University. Prof. Acharya joined the University of Calcutta as a Lecturer of botany in 2004 and soon acceded to professorship in 2012. He has 25 years of research and teaching experience.

    Somanjana Khatua, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Earlier, she was appointed by the West Bengal Education Service and posted at Krishnagar Government College, West Bengal, India. She earned a master’s in botany and a PhD at the University of Calcutta. Her areas of interest include drug development, immunology, carbohydrate biology, natural products, medical mycology, and functional food.