Wild mushrooms in Ethiopia: A review and synthesis for future perspective

  • Tatek Dejene Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute. University of Valladolid (Palencia). Avda. Madrid 44, 34071. Palencia, Spain.
  • Juan Andrés Oria-de-Rueda Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute. University of Valladolid (Palencia). Avda. Madrid 44, 34071. Palencia, Spain.
  • Pablo Martín-Pinto Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute. University of Valladolid (Palencia). Avda. Madrid 44, 34071. Palencia, Spain.
Keywords: Diversity, ecological niches, Ethiopia, mushroom cultivation, wild mushrooms


Aim of study: To review and provide all-purpose information about wild mushrooms in Ethiopia and to create awareness for conservation and use of mycological resources.

Area of study: We focused mainly on Ethiopia, where information about wild mushrooms is scanty and their status is unknown under the rampant degradation of the habitats.

Main results: We reviewed all relevant references related to wild mushrooms and their ecological niches, cultural practices and species used for cultivation as well as the anthropogenic factors affecting the conservation of fungal diversity.

Research highlights: This review summarizes issues related to the diversity of wild mushrooms, the main ecological niches and their associated fungal species, and mushroom cultivation practices in Ethiopia. Moreover, threats and the need for future conservation of wild mushrooms in the country are also reported. This review paper can serve as base line information and indicator for further mycological studies in Ethiopia as well as in other developing countries with similar scenarios.


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Author Biographies

Juan Andrés Oria-de-Rueda, Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute. University of Valladolid (Palencia). Avda. Madrid 44, 34071. Palencia, Spain.


Applied mycology

Pablo Martín-Pinto, Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute. University of Valladolid (Palencia). Avda. Madrid 44, 34071. Palencia, Spain.

Forest Fires

Applied mycology



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How to Cite
DejeneT., Oria-de-RuedaJ. A., & Martín-PintoP. (2017). Wild mushrooms in Ethiopia: A review and synthesis for future perspective. Forest Systems, 26(1), eR02. https://doi.org/10.5424/fs/2017261-10790