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DAFM National Call 2013 13/F/418 LIT €162,139

Project Title:

Mushrooms and Fungi, Functional and Life Enhancing Reservoirs

Project Coordinator:

Dr Catherine Collins

Project Abstract

Edible mushrooms and fungi are a valuable source of nutrients and bioactive compounds. Recently, edible mushrooms have become increasingly attractive as functional foods for their potential beneficial effects on human health including anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, prebiotic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, anti-microbial and antihyper-cholesterolemia effects. Having such a repertoire of bioactives, mushrooms and fungi have great potential to provide lead compounds for the pharmaceutical industry. This project aims to evaluate different edible mushroom available to the Irish consumer as functional foods. We propose to examine chemical composition to determine the nutritional value of the mushroom by analysing their crude composition (protein, fat, and carbohydrate), fatty acid, sterol and polyphenol profiles. We will also focus on the biological characterisation of these edible mushrooms by investigating the anti -oxidant activity, immunomodulatory activity, angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition to lower blood pressure, and HMG-CoA reductase inhibition assay (involved in lowering of cholesterol). We also propose to screen other mushroom and fungi from Irish habitats for the above biological activities in addition to: anti -microbial and laccase activities. Such a study could lead to the isolation of lead compounds for the pharmaceutical industry as well as being of benefit to the Irish mushroom consumer and producers.

Final Report:

Not available yet.