Understanding the molecular landscape and diversity of Queensland's native Hericium fungi (2023)

Despite the clear potential of Hericium mushrooms across a wide range of sectors, there have been no reports concerning Australian endemic Hericium species, and little is known as to its biological activity, molecular properties, or taxonomic relationships. Over the past year, our research has found that an endemic Hericium sp. from Otway National Park (NP) differs greatly to North American varieties in its activity against human disease markers, as well as in its protein (determined through proteomics) and chemical composition (determined through metabolomics). To better understand these differences and the overall diversity and potential uses of Australian Hericium, this project will complement broader studies being undertaken by the Applicant in these species through the analysis of a small collection of field specimens (approximately five) collected from SEQLD National Parks.
Grant type:
Walter Fisher Grant for Mycology Research
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
The Royal Society of Queensland