Bulletin Number 14. January 31st, 2016

The First Successful Industrial-scale Cultivation of Phlebopus portentosus in Yunnan Province, China

Kaiping Ji
(Jinghong Hongzhen Agricultural Sci-Tech Co. Ltd, China)

  Currently, Phlebopus portentosus (Berk & Broome) Boedijn, is the only species of Boletus edulis which can be cultivated separately from host trees under a controlled environment using cultivation methods adopted for saprophytic mushrooms.
Jinghong Hongzhen Agricultural Sci-Tech Co. Ltd, which focuses on research and development in the biological sciences and technology as well as commercial products, is engaged mainly in the collection, domestication, cultivation and commercial exploitation of wild mushroom resources in Yunnan Province. Led by its chief researcher, Kaiping Ji, the Company’s research team conducted numerous experiments over several years up to 2014 aimed at the successful industrialized cultivation of Phlebopus portentosus (Berk & Broome) Boedijn. In 2015, large-scale production of this mushroom was achieved.
At present, the Company has production facilities of industrialized cultivation standard totalling 4,000 m2. Currently, with a production capacity of 5,000 bottles per day, these facilities can produce 400 kg per day of fresh Phlebopus portentosus (Berk & Broome) Boedijn, and the yield is stable all year round. Jinghong Hongzhen Agricultural Sci-Tech Co. Ltd is the first sci-tech enterprise in the world to realize the industrial-scale cultivation of this mushroom.

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