Venturella G., Saporita P., Gargano M.L. 2019. The potential role of medicinal mushrooms in the prevention and treatment of gynecological cancers: a review. Int J Med Mushrooms 21(3): 225-235. doi:10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2019030289

Zervakis G.I., Venturella G., Fryssouli V., Inglese P., Polemis E., Gargano M.L., 2019. Pleurotus opuntiae revisited – An insight to the phylogeny of dimitic Pleurotus species with emphasis on the P. djamor complex. Fungal Biology, 123(3): 188-199. doi: 10.1016/j.funbio.2018.12.005


Bosco F., Cidin S., Maceri F., Ghilli M., Roncella M., De Simone L. JPharmacopuncture. 2018 Jun;21(2):126-131. doi: 10.3831/KPI.2018.21.016. Epub 2018 Jun 30. An integrated approach with homeopathic medicine and electro-acupuncture in anaesthesiology during breast cancer surgery: Case reports. (1) S.D. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care MiSC AOUP Complementary Medicine Oncology Integrated Breast Unit, University Hospital Trust of Pisa, Via Roma 67, 56126, Pisa, Italy. (2) Breast Cancer Surgical Unit, University Hospital Trust of Pisa, Via Roma 67, 56126, Pisa, Italy.

Bonanno A., Di Grigoli A., Vitale F., Di Miceli G., Todaro M., Alabiso M., Gargano M.L., Venturella G., Ngozi Anike F., Isikhuemhen O.S., 2019 – Effects of Diets Supplemented with Medicinal Mushroom Myceliated Grains on Some Production, Health, and Oxidation Traits of Dairy Ewes. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms, 21(1): 89-103.DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2018029327

Gargano M.L., 2018 – Mycotheca of edible and medicinal mushrooms at herbarium SAF as a potential source of nutraceuticals and cultivated mushrooms. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms, 20(4): 405-409. DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2018025966.

Gargano M.L., Venturella G., 2018 – The 9th international medicinal mushrooms conference (IMMC9), september 24-28, 2017, Palermo, Italy. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms 20(3): 305-309. DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2018025991.

Gaglio R., Guarcello R., Venturella, G., Palazzolo E., Francesca N., Moschetti G., Settanni L., Saporita P., Gargano M.L., (in press) – Microbiological, chemical and sensory aspects of bread supplemented with different percentages of the culinary mushroom Pleurotus eryngii in powder form. Int. J. Food Sci. Technol.DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.13997

Cateni F., Zacchigna, M., Bavisotto C.C., Procida G., Bonaventura G., Saporita P., Calvo R., Venturella, G., Gargano, M.L., 2018 – Structural characterization of polysaccharides of a productive strain of the culinary-medicinal king oyster mushroom, Pleurotus eryngii (Agaricomycetes), from Italy. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms; 20(8): 717-726. DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2018027011.


Valentina Ciccolini, Elisa Pellegrino, Antonio Coccina, Anna Ida Fiaschi, Daniela Cerretani, Cristina Sgherri, Mike, Laura Ercoli. 2017 – Biofortification with Iron and Zinc Improves Nutritional and Nutraceutical Properties of Common Wheat Flour and Bread. Jun 2017 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Laura Ercoli, Iduna Arduini, Arthur Schuessler, Elisa Pellegrino. 2017 – Strong increase of durum wheat iron and zinc content by field-inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi at different soil nitrogen availabilities. Plant and Soil 419: 153–167.

Gargano M.L., Bella P., Panno S., Arizza V., Inguglia L., Catara V., Venturella G., Davino S., 2017 – Antimicrobial activity of the extracts of Terfezia claveryi and Tirmania pinoyi against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria causal agent of diseases in tomato. Chem. Eng. Trans., 58: 73-78. DOI: 10.3303/CET1758013

Schillaci D., Cusimano M.G., Cascioferro S.M., Di Stefano V., Arizza V., Chiaramonte M., Inguglia L., Bawadekji A., Davino S., Gargano M.L., Venturella G., 2017 – Antibacterial activity of desert truffles from Saudi Arabia against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms 19(2): 121-125. DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.v19.i2.30

Gargano M.L., van Griensven L.J.L.D., Isikhuemhen O.S., Lindequist U., Venturella G., Wasser S.P., Zervakis G.I., 2017 – Medicinal mushrooms: Valuable biological resources of high exploitation potential (Review). Plant Biosyst. 151(3): 548-565. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2017.1301590

Palazzolo E., Saiano F., Laudicina V.A., Gargano M.L., Venturella G., 2017 – Volatile organic compounds in wild fungi from Mediterranean forest ecosystems. J. Essent. Oil Res., 29(5): 385-390. DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2017.1302896


Venturella G., Zervakis G.I., Polemis E., Gargano M.L., 2016 – Taxonomic Identity, Geographic Distribution, and Commercial Exploitation of the Culinary-Medicinal Mushroom Pleurotus nebrodensis (Basidiomycetes). Int. J. Med. Mushrooms 18(1): 59-65.

Valentina Ciccolini, Laura Ercoli, John Davison, Martti Vasar, Maarja Opik, Elisa Pellegrino. 2016 – Land-use intensity and host plant simultaneously shape the composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in a Mediterranean peatland.FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92 pii: fiw186.


Venturella G., Palazzolo E., Saiano F., Gargano M.L., 2015 – Notes on a new productive strain of king oyster mushroom, Pleurotus eryngii (Higher basidiomycetes), a prized Italian culinary-medicinal mushroom. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms, 17(2): 199-206.

Valentina Ciccolini, Enrico Bonari, Elisa Pellegrino. 2015 – Land-use intensity and soil properties shape the composition of fungal communities in Mediterranean peaty soils drained for agricultural purposes. Biology and Fertility of Soils 51: 719-731. 

Elisa Pellegrino, Maarja Öpik, Enrico Bonari, Laura Ercoli. 2015 – Responses of wheat to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: a meta-analysis of field studies from 1975 to 2013. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 84: 210-217. 

Elisa Pellegrino, Simona Bosco, Valentina Ciccolini, Chiara Pistocchi, Tiziana Sabbatini, Nicola Silvestri, Enrico Bonari. 2015 – Agricultural abandonment in Mediterranean reclaimed peaty soils: Long-term effects on soil chimical properties, arbuscular mycorrhizas and CO2 flux. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 199: 164–175. 


Venturella G., Gargano M.L., Compagno R., Saitta A., Alaimo M.G., 2014 – The mineral contents of some Boletaceae species from Sicily (southern Italy). Journal of AOAC International, 97(2): 612-623.

Elisa Pellegrino, Stefano Bedini (2014) – Enhancing ecosystem services in sustainable agriculture: Biofertilization and biofortification of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 68: 429-439.

Zervakis G.I., Ntougias S., Gargano M.L., Besi M.I., Polemis E., Typas M.A., Venturella G., 2014 – A reappraisal of the Pleurotus eryngii complex – New species and taxonomic combinations based on the application of a polyphasic approach, and an identification key to Pleurotus taxa associated with Apiaceae plants. Fungal Biology, 118: 814-834.

Fontana S., Flugy A., Schillaci O., Cannizzaro A.,Gargano M.L., Saitta A., De Leo G., Venturella G., Alessandro R., 2014 – In vitro antitumor effects of the cold-water extracts of mediterranean species of genus Pleurotus (higher basidiomycetes) on human colon cancer cells. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms, 16(1): 49-63.


Schillaci D., Arizza V., Gargano M.L., & Venturella G., 2013 – Antibacterial activity of Mediterranean Oyster Mushrooms, species of genus Pleurotus (Higher Basidiomycetes). Int. J. Med. Mushrooms, 15(6): 591-594.

Gargano M.L., Zervakis G.I., & Venturella G., 2013 – Cultivation and nutritional value of Pleurotus nebrodensis. In: Pleurotus nebrodensis, a very special mushroom (pp. 99-120). Bentham e-Books.

Gargano M.L., Zervakis G.I., Saitta A., & Venturella G., 2013 – Market outlook, production chain and technological innovation for Pleurotus nebrodensis mushrooms. In: Pleurotus nebrodensis, a very special mushroom (pp. 121-143). Bentham e-Books.

Schillaci D., Arizza V., Gargano M.L., Venturella G., 2013 – Antibacterial activity of Pleurotus species. Proocedings of the 7th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference (Beijing): 147-148.

Fontana S., Flugy A., Cannizzaro A., Ganduscio G., Schillaci O., Gargano M.L., Saitta A., De Leo G., Alessandro R., Venturella G., 2013 – In vitro antitumor effects of Pleurotus eryngii var. feruale and P. nebrodensis on human colon cancer cells. Proocedings of the 7th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference (Beijing): 150-151.

Venturella, G., & Gargano, M.L., 2013 – Nutritional value and health promoting effects of wild edible mushrooms (G. Venturella, & M.L. Gargano, a cura di). Larissa: Denchev, C., Venturella, G. & Zervakis, G. (editors)


Fontana S., Flugy A., Cannizzaro A., Ganduscio G., Schillaci O., Gargano M.L., et al., 2012 – Antitumor activity of water extract of Pleurotus species growing on root residues against colon cancer cells. Congresso AIBG, Assisi (Perugia).

Palazzolo E., Gargano M.L., Venturella G., 2012 – The nutritional composition of selected wild edible mushrooms from Sicily (southern Italy). Int J Food Sci Nutr., 63(1): 79-83.

Elisa Pellegrino, Alessandra Turrini, Hannes A. Gamper, Giovanni Cafa’, Enrico Bonari, J. Peter W. Young, Manuela Giovannetti. 2012 – Establishment, persistence and effectiveness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal inoculants in the field revealed using molecular genetic tracing and measurement of yield components. New Phytologist 194: 810-822.


Palazzolo E., Panno M., Gargano M.L., Venturella G., 2010 – The nutritional value of Leccinum corsicum, a niche product from Sicily (southern Italy). Micol. Ital., anno XXXIX, n. 3: 3-12.

Venturella G., Zervakis G.I.,  Gargano M.L., 2010 – The cultivation of Pleurotus and Lentinus mushrooms in tropical and subtropical areas: an overview. Atti International Symposium “Botanical Diversity: Exploration, Understanding and Use” (Meise, Belgio): 100.


Di Majo D., Gargano M.L., Giammanco S., La Guardia M., Venturella G., Giammanco M., 2008 – A protocol to evaluate the antioxidant capacity by crocin bleaching assay in Pleurotus edible mushrooms. Acta Physiologica (Cagliari), Wiley Blackwell, 194(665): 67.

Gargano M.L., Di Majo D., Giammanco M., Giammanco S., La Guardia M., Venturella G., 2008 – Preliminary observation on antioxidant capacity in Pleurotus eringi species-complex. Atti 103° Congresso della Soc. Bot. It., 2008: 145.


Zervakis G.I., Venturella G. Bessi M., Gargano M.L., Yang Z.-H., Yao Y.-J., 2007 – Taxonomy and molecular phylogeny within the Pleurotus eryngii Species-Complex. Int. J. Med. Mushrooms, 9(3-4): 201-202.


La Guardia M., Venturella G., Venturella F., 2005 – On the chemical composition and nutritional value of Pleurotus taxa growing on Umbelliferous plants (Apiaceae). – J. Agric. Food Chem., 53: 5997-6002.


Zervakis G., Venturella G., 2002 – Mushroom breeding and cultivation enhances ex situ conservation of Mediterranean Pleurotus taxa. Pp. 351-358, in Engels J. M. M. et al., 2002 (Eds.): Managing Plant Genetic Diversity. CABI Publishing, UK.


Zervakis G., Venturella G., Papadopoulou K., 2001 – Genetic polymorphism and taxonomic infrastructure of the Pleurotus eryngii species-complex as determined by RAPD analysis, isozyme profiles and ecomorphological characters. Microbiology 147: 3183-3194.

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