Chongqing University Creates New Fungus-based Biological Pesticide

A university biologist in Southwest China encouraged people to drink pesticide at his lab on Thursday [14 December 2017. Viscous and green, the biological pesticide was recently approved for mass production in China – and its inventor has quite the sales pitch. “The pesticide has two ingredients-cooking oil and rice,” said Xia Yuxian, professor at

Price for Famed Tibetan Cure-all, Caterpillar ‘Worm Grass’ Fungus, Suffers Major Decline

Caterpillar fungus, known in China as “worm grass,” is a valuable material used in Traditional Chinese medicine that is only found in high-altitude regions, especially the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Caterpillar fungus was once literally worth more than its weight in gold in China, but over the past three years, prices have fallen by half…Full Article

Yunnan Province Is The Center of Chinese Edible Mushroom Production

They say money doesn’t grow on trees. But for China’s fungi farmers, especially those in the fertile southwest, money has been growing in the ground. As attitudes toward wild edible mushrooms have evolved along with culinary habits, the families nationwide who plant, harvest and sell them say their lives have been dramatically improved. Yet after

China Looks to Boost Truffle Production after Reserves Dwindle due to High Demand and Overeager Harvesting

Chinese truffles have been so popular in the last decade that natural reserves are now seriously threatened. The light on the horizon is a research farm that has successfully cultivated these precious fungi. Yunnan province has produced its first batch of cultivated black truffles, and experts say they hope the fungi will be available on

California Caught Off-Guard by China’s Sudden Import Ban on Citrus

The California fruit industry was left stunned yesterday, following an abrupt announcement from Chinese authorities that the country would no longer accept citrus imports from the U.S. state after April 18. California Citrus Mutual president Joel Nelsen said China reported six interceptions earlier in the year for Phytophthora syringae or brown rot, but no clear