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Preserving the Precious Tigers Milk Mushroom

Selangor, Malaysia, Dec 6, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - A technique to preserve cells from the rare and popular Tigers Milk Mushroom for later use is published this month in the Journal of Tropical Agriculture Science. The mushroom; Lignosus rhinoceros, is widely used by indigenous communities across Malaysia, but there are not enough to meet demand. The researchers adapted a process already used to preserve other fungi, and believe their method provides an easy and inexpensive option for long-term preservation of the desired cells.

The Tigers Milk Mushroom is important in communities in Malaysia who use it as a medicinal treatment for various ailments as well as to produce a tonic to maintain health. The desirable underground tuber can be spotted when a solitary mushroom grows above ground which makes the collection of the fungus difficult.

A technique that is successful in the cryopreservation of other underground funguses was adapted in this study to preserve and maintain the commercially potential L. rhinocerus strain in a viable state. Lai Wei Hong and colleagues at the Agro-Biotechnology Institute at the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute tested various sucrose concentrations and exposure time while deep freezing - or cryopreserving - the vegetative cells. Of particular interest was the ability to thaw the cells without damage occurring. The team were able to perfect a method that is suitable to cryopreserve the L. rhinocerus with 100% regeneration and without the solutions infecting the cells. They hope that their work will be used to preserve and maintain the precious Tigers Milk Mushroom for medicinal use.

For more information about the research, contact
Lai Wei Hong
Agro-Biotechnology Institute Malaysia (ABI)
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation,
c/o Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Email: weihong@mosti.gov.my

Link to research paper: http://bit.ly/1d0wpuZ

About Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS)

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS) is published by Universiti Putra Malaysia in English and is open to authors around the world regardless of nationality. It currently publishes four times a year in February, May, August and November. Other Pertanika series include Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST), and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH).

JTAS aims to provide a forum for high quality research related to tropical agricultural research. Areas relevant to the scope of the journal include: agricultural biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, ecology, fisheries, forestry, food sciences, entomology, genetics, microbiology, pathology and management, physiology, plant and animal sciences, production of plants and animals of economic importance, and veterinary medicine. The journal publishes original academic articles dealing with research on issues of worldwide relevance.

Website: http://www.pertanika.upm.edu.my/

For more information about the journal, contact

The Executive Editor
Pertanika Journals
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (R&I)
Tower 2, UPM-MDTC Technology Centre
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 Serdang, Selangor
Malaysia
Phone: +603 8947 1622 | +606 016 217 4050
Email: ndeeps@admin.upm.edu.my


Press release by ResearchSEA on behalf of Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Source: Universiti Putra Malaysia

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