Tricholoma magnivelare (Peck) Redhead, commonly known as the pine mushroom or matsutake, is the most important mushroom commercially harvested from the forests of British Columbia. According to a recent draft Forest Renewal BC report by R. M. Wills and R. G. Lipsey, annual import of fresh pine mushrooms by Japan from BC can range from about 250,000 - 400,000 kg depending on whether it is a good year for mushrooms. At market in Japan, the value of the Canadian, largely BC, pine mushroom crop has been as high as CAN$33,000,000. As research progresses here and south of the border, we are slowly gaining information on the ecology and habitat requirements of the pine mushroom, but much remains to be determined about the factors that control its distribution and productivity. There are opportunities to manage forests for the production of timber and non-timber forest products, such as pine mushroom, but there needs to be mechanisms for the identification of potential pine mushroom sites and their integration into...
Berch, S.M.. 1999. The Pine Mushroom: A Candidate for "Identified Wildlife" Designation Under the Forest Practices Code Act of British Columbia? (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: tricholoma magnivelare, peck, redhead, pine mushroom, matsutake, species at risk, sara, species, endangered, threatened
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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