Morphological observation and biomass formation in different edible medicinal Morchella collections (Pezizomycetes, Ascomycota)


  • Susanna Badalyan Laboratory of Fungal Biology and Biotechnology, Institute of Biology, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Narine Gharibyan Laboratory of Fungal Biology and Biotechnology, Institute of Biology, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Carmelo Gianchino Department of Life, Health and Environmental Science, University of L’Aquila, via Vetoio, 67100, Coppito, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Mirco Iotti Department of Life, Health and Environmental Science, University of L’Aquila, via Vetoio, 67100, Coppito, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Alessandra Zambonelli Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy



morels, mycelia, morphology, Morchella esculenta, Morchella dunalii, Morchella importuna, Morchella disparilis, Morchella purpurascens, biomass


The ascomycetes in the genus Morchella (commonly called morels) have a considerable economic and biotechnological value for their culinary and medicinal proprieties. However, their biotechnological interest is not limited to the fruiting body cultivation, but also in mycelial production to obtain bioactive compounds and other biotech products. In order to better exploit the biotechnological potentialities of morels it is necessary to improve the knowledge on their biology and mycelial characteristics. In this paper morphological and growth characteristics of mycelia, as well as biomass formation of Italian collections of five edible medicinal Morchella species [M. esculenta (L.) Pers., M. dunalii Boud., M. importuna M. Kuo, O'Donnell & T.J. Volk, M. disparilis Loizides & P.-A. Moreau and M. purpurascens (Krombh. ex Boud.) Jacquet.] are presented.


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How to Cite

Badalyan, S., Gharibyan, N., Gianchino, C., Iotti, M., & Zambonelli, A. (2023). Morphological observation and biomass formation in different edible medicinal Morchella collections (Pezizomycetes, Ascomycota). Italian Journal of Mycology, 52(1), 50–61.