The genus Calvatia ('Gasteromycetes', Lycoperdaceae) : a review of its ethnomycology and biotechnological potential

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dc.contributor.author Coetzee, J.C. (Johannes C.)
dc.contributor.author Van Wyk, Abraham Erasmus (Braam)
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-05T06:43:19Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-05T06:43:19Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-16
dc.description.abstract Several members of the fungal puffball genus Calvatia Fr. have found widespread use amongst various cultures world-wide, especially as sources of food and/or traditional medicine. Hitherto the biotechnological potential of only a handful of Calvatia species, namely C. cyathiformis, C. craniiformis, C. excipuliformis, C. gigantea and C. utriformis has been investigated. However, despite promising results, information regarding the biotechnological potential of the rest of the genus, in particular the African species, is still completely lacking. In the hope that it might stimulate interest and further research on this topic, the current paper provides a brief overview of the literature pertaining to the importance of Calvatia to man in terms of its pathogenicity, its ecology and role as bioindicator, its food and nutritional value and also its potential as biotechnological tool in the pharmaceutical and other industries. en
dc.identifier.citation Coetzee, JC & Van Wyk, AE 2009, 'The genus Calvatia ('Gasteromycetes', Lycoperdaceae): A review of its ethnomycology and biotechnological potential', African Journal of Biotechnology, vol. 8, no. 22, pp. 6007-6015. [http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB] en
dc.identifier.issn 1684-5315
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/12857
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Academic Journals en
dc.rights Academic Journals en
dc.subject Ethnomycology en
dc.subject.lcsh Biotechnology en
dc.subject.lcsh Calvatia en
dc.subject.lcsh Gasteromycetes en
dc.subject.lcsh Lycoperdaceae en
dc.title The genus Calvatia ('Gasteromycetes', Lycoperdaceae) : a review of its ethnomycology and biotechnological potential en
dc.type Article en


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