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Waraporn Sutthisa and Phaninyada Chaiyacham
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Kantarawichai District, Maha Sarakham Province, 44150 Thailand.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2022;16(1):441-447 | Article Number: 7313 | © The Author(s). 2022
Received: 14/09/2021 | Accepted: 18/01/2022 | Published online: 21/02/2022
Issue online: March 2022

Lentinus squarrosulus (Mont.) is a wide edible mushroom widely consumed in Thailand. Ethanol extract was extracted from mycelium of L. squarrosulus No. 2 and Lentinus basidiocarp obtained from the local market at Mahasarakham province using 50% ethanol solvent. The effect of ethanolic extracts was tested for inhibition to some pathogenic bacteria. Antibacterial activity was tested by Poison food technique, it was found that 50 % ethanol extract from mycelium at concentrations of 10%, 15%, and 30% was effective to inhibit Bacillus cereus at the highest level (+++) and mycelium extract at the concentrations of 15% and 30% can inhibit Staphylococcus aureus with low level (+). But all concentrations of L. squarrosulus basidiocarp extract unable to inhibit the growth of B. cereus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. aureus. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) of ethanolic extract from mycelium inhibit B. cereus was 125 mg/ml. The results indicate that the potential of L. squarrosulus mycelium is an excellent source of antimicrobial agents.


Ethanolic extract, Lentinus squarrosulus, Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)


The tropical macrofungi Lentinus squarrosulus (Mont.) were classified in the family Polyporaceae. The wild-edible mushroom L. squarrosulus is commonly found and widely consumed in Asia. This fungus grows on rotted logs and is usually found in the rainy season between April and October each year. In the north and northeastern region of Thailand people widely consumed L. squarrosulus.1-6 L. squarrosulus has various remarkable characters including mycelium growth rapidly and having the capacity to become a food, and a food supplement. The basidiocarp and mycelium of this mushroom is rich in nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to humans.4,7 Mushrooms accumulate a variety of secondary metabolites which have many beneficial biological properties especially the antimicrobial effect.7 Microorganisms produce secondary metabolites, most of which have antimicrobial properties.8 Several studies have been reported on the production of secondary metabolites from Lentinus spp., such as a tetrahydrofuran derivative from L. squarrosulus BCC 22366.5 The antimicrobial compound lanthionine and its derivative have been isolated from basidiocarp and mycelia of Lentinula edodes can inhibit some bacteria and fungi.9 Bioactivity screening of the secondary extracts of L. squarrosulus mushroom extracted with dichloromethane and the antimicrobial activity of this extract was assessed by agar diffusion method. From the experimental results, it was found that secondary metabolites of L. squarrosulus extracted with dichloromethane solvent were inhibited the growth of Escherichia coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis.10 Basidiocarp of L. squarrosulus was extracted with aqueous and alcohol solvent show antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.11 The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the extracts ranged from 50 to 75 mg/disc.12 Rajalingam13 assessed the antibacterial activity of a combination of dichloromethane and methanol extract of L. squarrosulus that grew on rice. The results show that L. squarrosulus mycelial extracts present various degrees of inhibitory effect against microbe growth.14

The mechanism of antibacterial activity is related to the generation of reactive oxygen species.2 Lentinus edodes extracts with various solvents (acetone, ethyl acetate, and ethanol) investigated the antimicrobial activities. Antimicrobial activities of the extracts were determined against B. subtilis, S. aureus, Micrococcus luteus, E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. cloacae by the disc diffusion method. The results show that acetone and ethanol extract present moderate antibacterial activities with almost all tested microorganisms except E. coli and S. aureus while extraction with ethyl acetate solvent shows antibacterial activity viz. E. coli, E. cloacae, and B. subtilis.15 The antimicrobial activity of Russula vesca, Auricularia auricular, Pleurotus squarrosulus, and Volvariaella vulvae extracted with ethanol, hot and cold extract was studied against some Gram-negative bacteria (E. coli, P. aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Salmonella typhi) and Gram-positive bacteria (Bacillus cereus, S. aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae). Each mushroom extract was evaluated with the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC). R. vesca hot water extracts can inhibit the growth of E. coli, S. typhi, and P. mirabilis. While A. auricular ethanol extract has a wide antibacterial activity but cannot inhibit the growth of S. typhi and P. aeruginosa. Cold water extract of most mushroom species obtained bioactive substances less than ethanol and hot water extracts.16 Study the antimicrobial activity of methanolic extract of L. squarrosulus on B. cereus, B. subtilis, S. aureus, P. vulgaris, P. aeruginosa and E. coli the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the extracts was 50, 50, 75, 75, 50, 50 and 50 µg/disc, respectively.12

Currently, major problem of the world is development of antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria. The alternative option is to find biological extracts that can inhibit the growth of those bacteria. Therefore, this research aimed to study the efficacy of 50% ethanol extract of mycelium and basidiocarp of L. squarrosulus on inhibition to pathogenic bacteria as an alternative for applications in the future.

Materials and Methods

Samples preparation
Fresh L. squarrosulus basidiocarp obtained from local markets in Mahasarakham province rinsed thoroughly with distilled water, then cut it into small pieces (both the pileus and stipes) and oven-dried at 50°C overnight and then store at 4°C until tested.

Stock culture of L. squarrosulus (No. 2) obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Thailand, and maintained on potato dextrose agar (PDA) slant. Preparation of L. squarrosulus inoculum by subculture on PDA for 7 days. Then three mycelium plugs cut from the edge of the colony subculture into 100 mL Erlenmeyer flasks containing sterile yeast malt extract broth (YMB) media. Incubation at static conditions for 18 days at 30°C. Mushroom mycelium was collected by filtering through a sterile sheet cloth and then rinse twice with distilled H2O to remove the media and oven-dried at 50°C for 3 hr and then store at 4°C until tested.

Preparation of extracts
The dried basidiocarp or mycelia of L. squarrosulus (50 g) were extracted twice with 450 ml of 50% ethanol at 100°C for 3 hr in a water bath. The dried basidiocarp or mycelia of L. squarrosulus (50 g) were extracted twice with 450 ml of 50% ethanol at 100°C for 3 hr in a water bath. Because the ethanol solvent polarity was influenced by the high concentration of water contained in ethanol. The more water contained in it, the higher its polarity compared to absolute ethanol. Solvents with high polarity had the ability to extract a class of compounds with a wider polarity.17 After that extracted at room temperature for 1 hr in sonicate bath, and then shaken at 150 rpm for 24 hr. The extract was filtered using filter paper (Whatman No. 1) and the ethanol was removed using a rotary evaporator. They were then dried using a freeze dryer and stored at -4°C for further analysis.

Bacterial strains and inoculum preparation
Bacterial strains used in this study include Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Gram-positive Bacillus cereus and Staphylococus aureus were procured from the Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Thailand. They were grown on nutrient agar (NA) at 37°C for 18-24 hr. The cell suspensions were then prepared with a density of 1.5×108 CFU/ml (0.5 McFarland standard).

Determination of antibacterial activity by poisoned food technique
The antibacterial activity of ethanolic extracts of t of L. squarrosulus against E. coli, P. aeruginosa, B. cereus, and S. aureus was evaluated by using the poison food technique. The extract was dissolved in sterile distilled water to a final concentration of 250 mg/ml (100%). Sterilized NA medium was amended with different concentrations of L. squarrosulus extracts (10%, 15%, and 30 %) then poured into 90 mm Petri plates at 20 ml/plate and distilled H2O was used as negative control which was introduced into NA medium instead of mushroom extract. Let the surface of the medium dry then drop 5 µl of testing pathogen cell suspension (1.5×108 CFU/ml) onto the surface of the medium and streaked in parallel 4 cm long. Three replications were maintained for each treatment. All the plates were incubated at 37°C for 24-48 hr for bacterial growth and was evaluated as follows: (-) no inhibition, (+) slightly inhibited, (++) moderately inhibited, (+++) strong inhibited.

Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)
The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of ethanolic extracts of the mushrooms was established like the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute protocol.18 The MIC of the extracts was determined for the test organisms at varying concentrations 125, 62.5, 31.25, 15.62, 7.80, 3.90, 1.95, 0.98, 0.49, and 0.25 mg/ml of the extract were added to the 96- well microtiter plates. Next, each well was inoculated with 100 μl of 108 CFU/ml testing microorganisms (E. coli, P. aeruginosa, B. cereus and S. aureus). 100 µl of Mueller Hinton Broth (MHB) without the mushroom extract was set up as the negative control, and 100 µl of 250 mg/ml streptomycin were set up as the positive control. All the bacterial cultures were incubated at 37°C for 24 hr after that each plate was determined by measuring the optical density (OD) at 600 nm by using Multimode Plate Reader. The MIC value was determined from the lowest concentration of the extract that inhibited the growth of test microorganisms.

Minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC)
The minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) was determined by selecting wells from 96 wells plate that did not show bacterial growth from the MIC test. A loopful from each of the wells was sub-cultured on the NA medium and incubated at 37°C for 24 hr. When there was no colony growth from the directly plated contents of the wells, it is considered an MBC value.


Determination of antibacterial activity by poisoned food technique
Study on the effect of ethanolic extracts of L. squarrosulus on the growth of pathogenic bacteria tested by poison food technique. The results showed that at concentrations of 10%, 15% and 30% of L. squarrosulus mycelium extract inhibited the growth of B. cereus with the highest levels (+++) and extract at 15% and 30% showed a slight inhibition of S. aureus at low levels + (Fig. 1, Table 1). All concentrations of mycelium and basidiocarp extract tested did not inhibit the growth of P. aeruginosa and E. coli. In addition, it was found that 30% of mycelium extract as a result, the colony characteristics of P. aeruginosa were changed, without fluorescence pigment production compared with the control. In this study, we found that all concentrations of 50% ethanol extract from L. squarrosulus basidiocarp were not inhibited the growth of E. coli, P. aeruginosa, B. cereus and S. aureus.

Fig. 1. Effect of 50 % ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium on inhibition to pathogenic bacteria. A) Control, B) 30% mycelium extract, C) 15% mycelium extract,  D) 10% mycelium extract, P= P. aeruginosa, E = E. coli, S = S. aureus, B = B. cereus.

Table (1):
Effect of 50 % ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium on inhibition to pathogenic bacteria.

% mushroom extract Mycelium extracts1/ Basidiocarp extracts
P. aeruginosa E. coli S. aureus B. cereus P. aeruginosa E. coli S. aureus B. cereus
30 + +++
15 + +++
10 +++

1/ – no inhibition, + slightly inhibited, ++ moderately inhibited, +++ strong inhibited

Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)
Evaluation of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 50% ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium against B. cereus was studied. It was found that the lowest concentration of the extract capable of inhibiting B. cereus was 125 mg/ml (Fig. 2). The growth rate was measured by turbidity measurement with a microwell plate reader with a wavelength of 600 nm. It was shown that when the extract concentration decreased, the extract efficiency in inhibiting pathogenic bacteria decreased.

Fig. 2. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 50% ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium to inhibit B. cereus. Means with different letters are significantly different by least significant difference test (P< 0.01).

Minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC)
When taken to find the minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) found that at a concentration of 125 mg/ml 50% ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium can destroy B. cereus, while at other concentrations it can grow (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3. Minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) of 50% ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium to destroyed  Bacillus cereus. A) Streptomycin 250 mg/ml B) 125 mg/ml ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium C) 62.5 mg/ml ethanol extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium.


Mushrooms are an important food that is rich in nutrition. There are also many important substances, including secondary metabolites that have antimicrobial properties. One of these mushrooms is L. squarrosulus found in many parts of Asia including Thailand. It has been proven that L. squarrosulus has certain antimicrobial properties against various pathogenic bacteria.19 In this research we extract the mycelium and basidiocarp of L. squarrosulus with 50% ethanol extract yielded an initial concentration of the extract of 250 mg/ml. While Boonsong et al.20 extracted L. edodes with 50% ethanol and analyzed for active substances. The highest phenolic compounds were found to be about 24.25 mg/g and flavonoids were 1.64 mg/g. The effect of ethanolic extract of L. squarrosulus on the growth of pathogenic bacteria was tested by the poison food technique. It was found that 10%, 15%, and 30% of mycelium extract completely inhibiting the growth of B. cereus and slightly inhibiting the growth of S. aureus, both bacteria were Gram-positive. While the L. squarrosulus basidiocarp extract was not able to inhibit the growth of test bacteria in this study. Gram-negative bacteria tested were not affected by ethanolic extract of L. squarrosulus mycelium and basidiocarp. Similarly, Soliman and El-Sayed21 evaluated for antimicrobial activity of ethanolic extracts from wild mushrooms against various pathogens. Screening of the antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria, and the yeast of the ethanolic wild mushroom extracts showed that Agrocybe aegerita, Chlorophyllum molybdites, and Lentinus squarrosulus had little activity against pathogenic bacteria and yeast examined. While Gram-positive bacteria were more sensitive to the ethanolic extracts of Bjerkandera adusta and Cyclocybe cylindracea than Gram-negative bacteria.

Evaluation of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of mycelium ethanol extract viz.B. cereus was made. It was found that the lowest concentration of the extract capable of inhibiting B. cereus was 125 mg/ml. When the concentration of the extract was reduced, bacterial growth was found to be increased by measuring the growth rate by measuring the turbidity with a microwell plate reader (OD600 nm). When determining the minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC), it was found that the minimum destroys concentration of B. cereus was 125 mg/ml. Similarly, Pascua et al.22 determine the antibacterial activity of L. squarrosulus using the disc diffusion method against S. aureus (ATCC 29213) and E. coli (ATCC 25992). The results revealed that L. squarrosulus exhibited antibacterial activity versus E. coli (ATCC 25992) and S. aureus (ATCC 29213). Methanolic extract of edible mushrooms L. squarrosulus was investigated for its antimicrobial activity. It was found that methanolic extracts of the basidiocarps of L. squarrosulus showed degree of antimicrobial activity against the test organisms including S. aureus, B. cereus, B. subtilis, P. vulgaris, E. coli, and P. aeruginosa.14 The MIC of L. squarrosulus methanolic extract was 50 ug/disc. The filtrates of L. squarrosulus showed wider inhibition zones of 16.2 mm for S. aureus and 18.6 mm for E. coli.23 Investigation of antibacterial activity of the edible mushroom extract against foodborne pathogenic bacteria viz. B. cereus, En. aerogenes, E. coli, Micrococcus luteus, P. vulgaris, Salmonella typhimurium and S. aureus. Flammulina velutipes, Ganoderma lucidum, Pleurotus ostreatus, and Pleurotus pulmonarius extracts show inhibitory effects on bacteria. Only P. pulmonarius extracted with water was effective against all bacteria tested. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of ethyl acetate extract of F. velutipes and P. pulmonarius, methanol extract of G. lucidum, and the water extract of P. pulmonarius show 12.5-22.5 mg/ml MIC against B. cereus and 12.5-22.5 mg/ml MIC against S. typhimurium.24 L. squarrosulus crude extracts were investigated antibacterial activities against 11 bacteria species. It was found that gram-negative bacteria were less susceptible to crude extract than gram-positive bacteria with a higher MIC value.25 This research concluded that Gram-positive bacteria were more sensitive to the ethanol extract from the mycelium of L. squarrosulus than Gram-negative bacteria. While basidiocarp extract unable to inhibit all tested bacteria.


The authors would like to thank the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Thailand for the support of research equipment and grateful to Dr. Adrian Roderick Plant for English language editing.

The authors declares that there is no conflict of interest.

Both the authors listed have made a substantial, direct and intellectual contribution to the work, and approved it for publication.


This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

All datasets generated or analyzed during this study are included in the manuscript.

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