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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal

For a Special Issue on
The Macrofungi

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2022

Cover image - Mycology

Special Issue Editor(s)

Prof. Dr. Rui-Lin Zhao, State Key Laboratory of Mycology, Beijing, China
[email protected]

Prof. Dr. Paul M. Kirk, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
[email protected]

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The Macrofungi

Fungi are the third group of eukaryotes in addition to plants and animals. Fungi with large fruiting bodies that can be identified by naked eyes are generally referred to as macrofungi, including mushrooms, toadstools and so on. Taxonomically, most macrofungi species come from Basidiomycota and a few from Ascomycota, and up to now around 40,000 species have been described. In natural ecosystems, macrofungi, like most other fungi, can live parasitically, saprophytic and symbiotic. In addition, many macrofungi have the outstanding ability to degrade lignocellulose, so they play an irreplaceable key role in the global material cycle, especially the carbon cycle.

In people's lives, macrofungi are closely related to our economic activities. Humans have a long history of using macrofungi for food and medicine. Fungus is a “natural chemical factory”, with the deepening of fungus related research, a large number of species and new active components are found, has become one of the innovation power of drugs and health products, especially with the development of biochemistry, enzyme engineering, genetic engineering, macrofungi in food, medicine and other aspects have showed a broad prospect. Poisonous mushrooms are also an important part of macrofungi, and more than 480 species have been recorded in China, which often cause poisoning incidents. However, many reports also show that some mycotoxins can be used to treat cancer, mental diseases and so on. For example, oleotoxin is used to treat kidney cancer and psilocybin is used to treat depression.

This special issue will cover but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Taxonomy and Diversity of Macrofungi
  • Phylogeny, Phylogeography and Evolution of Macrofungi
  • The Economic Mushrooms
  • Bioactive Compounds of Macrofungi

Submission Instructions

Please submit your paper through our online submission system. All papers will be peer-reviewed.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2022.

Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together in the 4th issue 2022.

Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited.

Need more information before submitting your paper? Read the full Instructions for Authors. Please state in the cover letter that your submission is for the special issue of “The Macrofungi”.

For any further enquiries, please contact Editorial Assistant, Yalan Wang at: [email protected].

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