Re-evaluation of the genus Antrodia (Polyporales, Basidiomycota) in Korea

Myung Soo Park, Ying Quan, Paul Eunil Jung, Seung Yoon Oh, Yeongseon Jang, Jae Jin Kim, Young Woon Lim

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The wood decay fungi Antrodia P. Karst. play important ecological roles and have significant industrial and economic impacts as both wood degraders and sources of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products. Although each Antrodia species has distinct morphological characteristics, the misidentification rate is especially high due to their simple morphological characters. A combination of morphological and internal transcribed spacer region sequence analyses revealed that 27 of 89 specimens previously identified by morphology alone were correct, whereas 35 of these specimens were misidentified as other Antrodia species. We report here that seven Antrodia species exist in Korea (A. albida, A. heteromorpha, A. malicola, A. serialis, A. sinuosa, A. sitchensis, and A. xantha) and based on these specimens, we provide taxonomic descriptions of these species, except for A. serialis, which was only confirmed by isolate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Antrodia
  • Biotechnological products
  • Fungal barcode
  • ITS
  • Wood decay fungus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases


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