The Mushrooms and Health Global Initiative is a collaborative effort to collect, evaluate and disseminate validated nutrition and health research information on mushrooms. This information can be used to support a range of health professional and consumer focused public relations activities to drive greater understanding of the health benefits of mushrooms.
The Initiative was "launched" during the International Medicinal Mushroom Conference 4 (Slovenia 2007) following a meeting of the Australian Mushroom Growers Association and the U.S. Mushroom Council. Since then, other mushroom growing/marketing organizations in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Poland have joined the project and it is planned to have at least China, Japan and Korea on board some time in the future.
The "Crown Jewel" of the Initiative is the Mushrooms and Health 2008 report, a thorough review and evaluation of the state of the science linking mushrooms and health. The report can be found separately on this website.
Mushrooms and Health will be updated annually to include the latest research on mushrooms influence on human health.
The Initiative produces a quarterly Bulletin that is posted on this website.
This website is a source of new research linking mushrooms to health and provides updates on conferences.
Initiative Core Team Members:
Core Team Members have the primary responsibility for carrying out the work of the Initiative. They are:
In addition, members of the Strategic Communications Group represent countries invested in the Initiative and adapt Initiative projects and publications to their local needs.
How You Can Be Involved:
Here are some ways you can join the Initiative efforts.
You are welcome to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Dietary Supplementation with White Button Mushroom Augments the Protective Immune Response
Wu D, Meydani SN et al. Dietary Supplementation with White Button Mushroom Augments the Protective Immune Response to Salmonella Vaccine in Mice. The study investigated whether WBM consumption would enhance pathogen-specific immune response using a Salmonella vaccination and infection animal model. Results suggest that WBMs may improve Salmonella vaccine efficacy through an enhanced adaptive immune response.