The 3rd Exhibition
Gallery, Human Cultures Hall
July 26, 2013 - August 24,
explode and be a beneficial thing, or they can be ugly and hard to look
one of the most important groups of organisms on the planet, are the second
largest biota after insects. These mysterious things with their weird, ephemeral
beauty are important in an enormous variety of ways. For example, they are one
of the food sources for humans; they are widely used in the production of many
foods and drinks such as cheeses, beer, wine, bread, cakes, and some soya bean
products. Some fungal species even possess health and medical properties and can
be developed into dietary supplements or drugs.
Dating back to the beginning of Chinese history, people have
had a tradition of using natural herbal plants and fungi as health care products
and folk medicine. No wonder that fungi with health benefits such as
Ganoderma lingzhi, Taiwanofungus camphorates, Ophiocordyceps sinensis,
and Inonotus sanhuangare getting more and more attention,
particularly for Chinese people.
The National Museum of Natural Science has mycological
researchers and houses the largest fungal specimen collection in Taiwan. Based
on its objectives of specimen collection, research, and social education, the
Museum curates the Large Medicinal Fungi exhibition, aiming at
introducing famous medicinal fungi to the general public and elucidating the
differences between health food and medicinal drugs as well. The exhibition also
presents significant findings concerning the taxonomy of several well-known
medicinal fungi, which were offered by the Museum's researchers in cooperation
with international scholars from China and other countries.
What are medicinal
fungi? "Medicinal fungi are species capable of producing substances such as
proteins, amino acids, peptides, carbohydrates, and vitamins etc… that benefit
human health, prevent diseases, or possess therapeutic effects," explains Dr. Wu Sheng-hwa, Curator at the Museum's Biology
Department and the exhibition organizer at the opening reception. "O.
sinensis, G. lingzhi, I. sanghuang, T. camphorates, and W. cocos… are all
well-known large medicinal fungi," Wu adds. He also points out that the
exhibition aims at reminding our people of the safety of using fungi.
A whole new world of
discovery awaits you. Large Medicinal Fungi exhibition introduces
more than 30 medicinal fungi species to you, with objects or
illustrations. Learn about how medicinal fungi become certified as health foods,
phytomedicines, or western medicines, find out the new taxonomic discovery,
delve into methods for extracting the effective ingredients of large medicinal
fungi, get to grips with how fungi can save the world. Plus, a 13-minute film
tells you about the collecting, identification, and preservation of fungal
specimens. There are more…
Large Medicinal Fungi is the first major
exhibition in Taiwan to focus on the fascinating and diverse world of medicinal
fungi and their relationship with humans and the planet. Join us for a rare look
at the remarkable world of mycology in the Museum's 3rd exhibition
gallery. Prepare to be shocked and surprised, and enjoy other extensive programs
- Admission: FREE with gallery tickets
- Guided tours: 11am & 2pm
Large Medicinal Fungi is organized by the
National Museum of Natural Science, and presented with special thanks to Dr.
Huang Guan-chung, Dr. Chen Chi-chen, Dr. Chu Yu-min, Ms. Lo-ching, Prof. Chou
Li-ping, Prof. Mao Hsiao-lan, and Prof. Chang Hsiao-ching.
support is generously provided by Rich
Year, Taiwan Leader
Biotech, Grape King
INC., and Po-Zone.