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Title: Propagation prospects of Caterpillar Mushroom
Authors: Rana, Virendra S
Keywords: Cultivation;medicinal;fungus;mushroom;Cordyceps sinensis;Winter Worm;Summer Grass;Caterpillar Mushroom;Kira;economics
Issue Date: Jun-2004
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. cl.7― A01G1/04, A61K35/84
Abstract: Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc., a fungus of the ergot family Clavicipitaceae, is a medicinal mushroom with amazing potential and has been known and used in China for nearly two thousand years. It is commonly known as Winter Worm and Summer Grass. In China it is known as Caterpillar Mushroom and Kira in Pithoragarh, India. It is generally found during April-June. Since the natural range of this mushroom consists of only a small area in the high mountains of Tibet and Nepal, its price in world commerce has always been among the very highest of any raw medicinal feedstock. During 2001 it is reportedly sold at the rate of Rs 80,000 per kilogram. In Pithoragarh, it is locally used as potent aphrodisiac and the people sell it at about Rs 15 per fungus and Rs 40-50 thousand per kilogram.
Page(s): 167-169
ISSN: 0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)
Appears in Collections:NPR Vol.3(3) [May-June 2004]

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