Ethnomycology and usage of edible and medicinal mushrooms among the Igbo people of Nigeria

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Life Sciences

This study revealed that the Igbo people, residing in the southeastern part of Nigeria, use mushrooms for food and medicine. On the average, each respondent consumes 8.64±3.70 species of mushrooms. Over 95% of the respondents consume edible mushrooms because of the taste, 86% use them as substitute for meat and fish, while 36.36% use some mushrooms for medicinal purposes. Pleurotus tuberregium, Termitomyces robustus, and Daldinia concentrica are used in ethno medicine among the Igbos.