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Biotechnological Applications and Cultivation of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

Abstract deadline
31 July 2024

Manuscript deadline
31 October 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Professor Carlos O. Martín Medina, Department of Biotechnology, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Hamar, Norway

Associate Professor Shaojun Xiong, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

Professor Georgios Zervakis, Faculty of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece

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Biotechnological Applications and Cultivation of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

Bioengineered is pleased to invite you to submit your research to the upcoming Article Collection “Biotechnological Applications and Cultivation of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms.”

Production of edible and medicinal mushrooms is a dynamic sector in the world economy. Recent breakthroughs in biotechnology provide an opportunity to advance this field. Mushroom cultivation provides fruitbodies with high exploitation potential due to their food, and potential medicinal values. However, the exploitation potential of mushrooms is today restricted to a reduced number of fungal species that dominate the global market. The existing knowledge on fungi of commercial interest is still limited, while the diversity of fungi is by far underexplored. Furthermore, sustainable exploitation of fungal-based products and derivatives requires not only focusing fruitbodies and mycelium, but also upgrading the spent mushroom substrate, which often is discarded as a waste.

The exploitation of the mushrooms’ potential as a climate-smart, protein-rich food source is very important for the sustainable development of today’s society. Mushrooms can partially substitute meat, whose production causes large emissions of greenhouse gases. Mushroom consumption is beneficial for human health and wellbeing due to the high content of bioactive compounds responsible for antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities, among other properties. Furthermore, the valorization of all the residual streams of mushroom production is important for the sustainability of the sector and contributes to the transition to a circular economy.

In this regard, Bioengineered would like to invite authors to submit Original Research Articles, Reviews, and other manuscript types accepted by the journal on any subject area tailored towards the production of mushrooms and exploitation of their potential in human nutrition and their therapeutical and pharmaceutical properties. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Production of edible and medicinal mushrooms
  • Novel techniques and approaches for mushroom cultivation
  • Fungal cultivation
  • Bioprospecting of fungi of nutritional and medicinal interest
  • Genetic and molecular engineering of edible and medicinal mushrooms
  • Exploitation of mushrooms in biorefineries
  • Valorisation of mushroom cultivation by-products
  • Fungal-derived biomaterials and biomolecules
  • Pharmacological potential of new and conventional mushrooms
  • Medical mycology
  • Mushrooms as therapeutical resources

This Article Collection also welcomes contributions on new trends in mushroom production, including newly discovered fungi of commercial and social interest, the use of advanced cultivation techniques for both new and conventional fungal species, novel substrate formulations, and production of novel fungi-based derivatives.

Keywords: Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms; Mushroom Cultivation; Mushroom-based Nutraceuticals, Pharmaceuticals, and Cosmeceuticals; Valorization of Mushroom By-Products; Mycotherapy

Please review the Submission Instructions below prior to submitting an abstract and/or manuscript.


Article Collection Guest Advisors

Carlos O. Martín Medina is a Professor at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and Umeå University in Sweden and a researcher at Bio4Energy strategic research environment. Professor Martín Medina research interests include biomass and bioresources utilization, wood chemistry, biofuels, biorefineries, and lignocellulose pretreatment. In recent years, Professor Martín Medina has been investigating different valorisation routes for spent mushroom substrate. Currently, he is leading two research projects on enhancing agriculture sustainability through mushroom cultivation.

Shaojun Xiong is an Associate Professor in Bioenergy Technology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His major research interests include bioresource characterisation and pretreatment. His current research aims at developing novel technologies for sustainable production of edible mushrooms, biofuels, and biobased products. Dr. Xiong is the main inventor of two patented processes for mushroom cultivation and has led several projects in the mushroom production fields. Currently, Dr. Xiong is leading an ongoing project aiming to develop automation processes for sustainable mushroom production.

Georgios I. Zervakis is a Professor in Agricultural Microbiology – Mycology at the Agricultural University of Athens in Greece. His main research interests are ecology, diversity, and molecular phylogeny of fungi with emphasis on basidiomycetes; mushroom breeding and cultivation; evaluation of nutritional/dietetic/functional properties of edible fungal biomass; biodegradation, bioconversion and valorisation of plant residues and agro-industrial by-products using selected fungi. Professor Zervakis is currently involved in several projects aiming at the assessment of mushroom diversity in various Mediterranean habitats, and in the optimization of lignocellulose bioconversion to fungal biomass with enhanced nutritional and functional properties.

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Submission Instructions

Abstract Submissions:

Abstract submission is open until 31st July 2024.

Please carefully review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting an abstract as it will be rejected if it does not fall within the scope of the journal.

Please send your abstracts by email to Harriet Wall, Executive Editor, for further consideration.


Manuscript Submissions:

Manuscript submission is open until 31st October 2024.

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Manuscripts which do not fall within the scope of the journal will be rejected.

Please be sure to select the appropriate Article Collection from the drop-down menu in the submission system, and to include any discount codes before you submit as these will not be applied retrospectively.

Please contact Marya Baig, Commissioning Editor, with any other queries and discount codes regarding this Article Collection.

Instructions for AuthorsSubmit an Article

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.