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Friday, 3 October 2014

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A REPORT ON OCCURRENCE OF MORCHELLA SP. FROM DISTRICT FAIZABAD, UTTAR PRADESH (INDIA)

Morchella, the true morels belonging to family Mochellaceae of order Pezizales is commonly known as ‘Guchhi’ in India. The ethanobotanical data gathered on these wild mushrooms reveal that these can be consumed directly to promote health on account of their nutritional and medicinal properties. Morchella grows at higher altitudes usually on hilly land farms with cool microclimate. In India, these are being reported from north-west Himalayan regions, especially from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. In present communication Morchella sp has been reported from district Faizabad, U.P. (India) which lies between the parallels of 26° 47’N to 26° 78’N latitude and 82.08’E to 82.13’E longitude having an average elevation of 97 meters above the sea level. 
Morchella grown on soil
The specimen of Morchella was found solitary on humus rich soil near Cycas, Fern and other ornamental plants which show the possibility of mycorrhizal association. It was collected during December, 2013 near railway station area at Ayodhya (Faizabad).
An ascocarp of Morchella sp
No Morchella spp. has been recorded as yet in the climatological situation prevailing in this area. This is probably the first report in respect of incidence of Morchella sp from Faizabad (U.P.).This may be first occurrence from central Uttar Pradesh too.(PDF version)

Cite this as: Siddhant, Ruchira Singh, C.S. Singh and R.S. Kanaujia (2014): A report on occurrence of Morchella sp. from district Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. Trends in Biosciences 7(17):2473-2474.

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