Indian Phytopathology

, Volume 72, Issue 3, pp 445–452 | Cite as

Morphotaxonomy and comparative mycochemical study and antioxidant activity of hydromethanol, infusion and decoction extracts from Russula brevipes Peck

  • Y. P. SharmaEmail author
  • Roshi Sharma
  • Somanjana Khatua
  • Krishnendu Acharya
Research Article


Nature has bestowed Jammu and Kashmir with extraordinary climatic conditions, apt for different mushroom varieties. In the view of inventorization of macrofungal flora of the state, a recent expedition was carried out in Kishtwar High Altitude National Park resulting isolation of several wild edible specimens. One of those collected taxa was identified as Russula brevipes Peck based on morpho-taxonomical features that has been described herein. The research was further extended to register its bioactive compounds as well as pharmacological prospect and for that different extraction conditions were used. Comparatively, decoction and infusion presented better radical scavenging and metal ion chelating activity respectively than that of hydro-methanol formulation. The finding could be justified by the presence of phenolics in higher extent suggesting water in high temperature facilitates leaching of therapeutics in superior amount from solid matrices. Overall study highlights consideration of R. brevipes as a natural source of valuable compounds with potency to reduce oxidative stress.


Edible mushroom Jammu and Kashmir Macro–microscopic characterization Radical scavenging activity Secondary metabolites 



Presenting authors gratefully appreciate the financial encouragement acquired from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi under major project (UGC-MRP F.43-124/2014 SR) and the Head, Department of Botany (UGC-SAP DRS II), University of Jammu, Jammu for arranging laboratory facilities. Authors state that they have no conflict of interests and proper permission has been sought from the wild life warden of Kishtwar High Altitude National Park before the collection of Russula brevipes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mushroom Research Lab, Department of BotanyUniversity of JammuJammuIndia
  2. 2.Molecular and Applied Mycology and Plant Pathology Lab, Botany Department, Centre of Advanced StudyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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