Biology Of Indian Morels
Biology Of Indian Morels
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Morels have been moral booster mushrooms as they have inspired mycologists to keep research on them alive so as to achieve their artificial cultivation. Morels are king mushrooms and have attracted human attention since time immemorial. They have earned appreciation for their excellent flavour and culinary properties. Technically morels belong to the genus Morchella and are commonly called Guchhi in the Indian market. They are presently the costliest mushrooms selling at Rs. 7000-8000 per kg in the Indian market. The senior author was fascinated by the morels as a postgraduate student in the late sixties at the Botany Department, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was exposed first to the colourful world of fungi when he joined fungal forays to the N-W Himalayas with groups led by late Prof. K.S. Thind. The interest was revived in the beginning of 1980s after he joined Department of Biosciences H P University Shimla in 1976. Systematic work on morels was initiated and executed from 1980 onwards with great zeal. This progressed further with the enthusiasm of the second author who worked for his M.Phil. 1985 and then Ph.D. 1989 on classical aspects followed by the third author who completed molecular characterization of the species for her Ph.D. in 2005. In between some interludes on ethnomycology were provided by Mangala Gowry, Meenakshi Rathod and Mitu Sharma. Hence, this monograph on Biology of Indian Morels is an outcome of studies initiated in 1980 and carried through all the years till 2005 steadily but continuously and earnestly. During all these years almost all aspects of morel biology have been investigated. However, the cultivation of morels still eludes the scientists the world over.
The monograph has a number of chapters, each devoted to one aspect of study. It begins with an overview of morel biology, the life cycle pattern, the classical and molecular systematic treatment, the ecological and physiological aspects, the nutritional and nutraceutical components, mycorrhizal and sociobiological and ethnomycological investigations, cytological studies and the traditional and modern recipes for morel consumptions. All the chapters are documented with tables, figures and original photographs. It is hoped this monograph will interest botanists and in particular mycologists the world over. Suggestions for improvement are welcome. T.N. Lakhanpal Onkar Shad Monika Rana
Many individuals, directly or indirectly, have helped in the accomplishment of this endeavour and mere acknowledgement of their help in a few formal words may not actually be truly representative of the assistance rendered. First and the foremost acknowledgement are to the Almighty for enabling us to undertake the task and successfully accomplishing it. Without His grace and unseen hand, nothing would have been possible. Our grateful thanks to Prof. K.S. Thind, Panjab University, Chandigarh, who inspired the senior author to undertake this type of work, to Prof. K.G. Mukerji. University of Dehli for the role of a friend, philosopher and guide in the execution and publishing of this work. Thanks in no less