|Fungi Treasure: Chinese and American Edible Mushroom Treasures
by Mo-Mei Chen, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley
am grateful to my professor C. T. Teng and his Fungi of China for
teaching me much of what I know in the field of mycology. He has been
very influential in shaping my career. In America, I have received
significant support from many professors at the University of
California, Berkeley campus. For the past 28 years, I am especially
grateful for professor Dick Parmeter and Professor Wilford R.
Gardner, former Dean of College of Natural Resources. As American
distinguished scholars with academic background in the field, they
encourage colleagues to write and publish. Dick encouraged me to
write an English version of all the Chinese edible mushroom species
in a monographic compilation. Gardner employed me to outreach and
teach mushroom workshops to a wide range of audience. At this time, I
would also like to dedicate this book with my deepest sorrows to
Professor Dick Parmeter (1927-2010) and Professor Wilford R. Gardner
treasures is an assemblage of information from many various sources
accumulated over many years with many mushroom scholars, amateurs,
businessmen’s books, broad knowledge, conference symposiums, fairs
etc. This knowledge is supplemented with my own experiences in the
America and China forests where I used western mycological techniques
in fungi collection and identification. I get credit for writing the
book, but I am thankful for the many experts whose monograph and
articles are found within. I would like to express my appreciation
then, especially to all the Chinese authors citied in bibliography in
English plus any I have inadvertently omitted. I want my readers to
know that this book would not have been possible without their
Much appreciation to my co-author, Dr. Yang Zhu Liang, a distinguished mycologist from Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Thank you for the ﬁne contribution of 54 species of Yunnan and Tibet wild edible mushroom that can be found in Volume 3. Also much appreciation to Professor Toligor from JiLin Agriculture University for providing the rich Chinese information on 38 species of edible fungi in the Heilongjiang and Jilin area. I would also like to thank Professor Yuan Hai Ying for providing the medicinal values for many of these edible fungi species.
want to thank Dr. Zhuang Wen Ying from the Microbiology institute,
Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Wang Zheng, from Yale University,
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for their help with my
proposal to create a Key to the genera of edible Bisidiomycetes
Daniel J. Royse of The Pennsylvania Sate University for his research
specialty mushrooms, a genus that produces lots of edible mushrooms.
I am deeply grateful for his contribution of the Pleurotus
would also like to acknowledge the following authors for their
contribution on various cultivated mushroom species: Antrodia
cinnamomea by Dr. Tun Tschu Chang, & WN Chou; Tuber indicum by
Chen Juan; Grifola
frondosa by Dr. Shen
Qing; Agaricus blazei
by Alma E. Rodriguez Estrada and Jo Kopytowski Filho; and an
additional paper on Pleurotus
eryngii by Alma;
by Dr. Chen; Lentinula
edodes by Dr. Tan Qi.
Much thanks to the many mushroom lovers who donated numerous illustrations, pictures and high-resolution images to update this book. My deepest gratitude to Fred Stevens, California mushroom expert of the Mycological Society of San Francisco for allowing my use of the many beautiful photos in various volumes.
you to Hsu Wen who made a special trip to the Yunan provice and South
East Asia and provided me with many beautiful pictures. I am very
fortunate for her contributions to this book, especially as co-writer
for the termite mushroom species. Thanks to Professor Gary Emberger,
Bill Roody, Mao Xiao Lan, Robert Mackler, Dick Dougall, Liu Jin Tain,
Tain Jin Hua, Song L. G. , Taylor F. Lockwood, Professor Eugene
Bossenmaier for their wonderful illustrations and photgraphs; and to
Evelyn Borchert and SunnieWong for designing many of the
illustrations and charts.
of this book would not have been possible without the great help of
rich Chinese references from many Chinese Mycologists especially Tan
Fan He, Chen Shi Yu, He Yuan Su, Mao Xiao Lan, Huang nei lai, Zhang
He Sheng, Lam David, Huang Jian Ping, He Xian Guo and Wang Jiang.
Over the years of this writing process, I have learned a valuable
amount and have greatly benefited from their writings and experiences
while translating and editing their works into English.
would also like to recognize and thank the American mushroom expert
David Arora. I have learned a a great wealth of information from
David Arora’s Mushroom Demystified. We mycologists refer to it as
“The Mushroom Bible”.
am deeply grateful for Dr. Wendy Helms and Jo-Sing Yang for providing
valuable assistance in editing and reviewing this book.
give special thanks to my undergraduate students at the University of
California, Berkeley, whose bilingual skills were essential in
preparing the final version of this book. These students include Xu
shan, Amy Jiang, Lu Wah Hung,
Tian Jia and visiting scholar Xia Liang.
Now that the book is about to be published, I am overwhelmed by a flood of emotions. I sincerely thank my family for their unconditional support: my dear husband Anghe Zhang, my daughter May Zhang and my son-in-law Bishan Chen, my daughter Lili Zhang and my son-in-law Shu Huang. Also my four grand Children Kiate, Cliff, Bryant and Claire also give me many encouragement.