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what is vovatoxin?





geekbackpacker
any chemist able to answer my question?
watersoul
Our great internet overlord Google doesn't seem to be aware of it Shocked
Where have you heard of this vovatoxin, in what context? Spellcheck maybe?
kelseymh
Google is your friend.

Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) turned up two peer-reviewed articles which mentioned "vovatoxin" (VVA2), both in Chinese (http://www.airitilibrary.com/Publication/alDetailedMesh?docid=U0001-2707200511551200).

Pasting the Chinese text (草菇毒蛋白) found immediately before the English parenthetical into Google Translate (http://translate.google.com) produced "straw mushroom toxic protein."

The title of the journal article above mentions extraction of hemolytic proteins from edible mushroom fruiting bodies (hence the "straw mushroom" in the translation). The species of mushroom mentioned is "Pleurotus geesteranus."

This species doesn't appear in Wikipedia as such, but the genus name does, describing various oyster or tree mushrooms (though not "straw mushroom", which is a different genus in English). A further Google Scholar search for that binomial name produces a large number of articles, all from Chinese authors.

According to a 2005 conference proceeding, P. geesteranus is one of a number of newly developed edible mushroom species in East Asia. Many of the articles which turned up appear to discuss issues like improving crop yields or analyzing the flavor and nutritional content of P. geesteranus and related species.

Interestingly, "geesteranus" in Wikipedia turns up many mentions, all of a Dutch mycologist with that name. I suspect that P. geesteranus was named for him.
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