Investigation on mycelial growth requirements of Cantharellus cibarius under laboratory conditions

Shweta Deshaware, Sandesh J. Marathe*, Dattatray Bedade, Jan Deska, Salem Shamekh

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The golden chanterelle represents one of the commonly found, edible mushrooms that is highly valued in various cuisines. The present study focused on assessing the requirements of Cantharellus cibarius such as pH, temperature, as well as the carbon and nitrogen sources for mycelial growth. Optimization of the growth parameters was carried out by one-factor-at-a-time method. The optimal pH and temperature were determined to be 6.0 and 22.5 °C, respectively. Among the various carbon sources studied, sucrose at a concentration of 2% gave maximum mycelial growth and proved to be the most suitable one. Amongst the nitrogen sources studied, peptone, ammonium sulphate, and sodium nitrate, gave the maximum mycelial growth at an optimized concentration of 0.5%. In the presence of beef extract and yeast extract, a change in colony pigmentation from yellow to dark grey was observed. Finally, the carbon to nitrogen ratio of 2:0.5 proved to be optimal for mycelial growth. This study is the first report on the optimisation of in vitro growth requirements of C. cibarius.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1539-1545
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Microbiology
Issue number4
Early online date5 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • C:N ratio
  • Cantharellus cibarius
  • Carbon source
  • Edible fungi
  • Nitrogen source
  • Pigmentation


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