Caterpillar Fungus

Parasitic caterpillar fungus in decline

Professor Karl Tsim of HKUST holds up examples of genuine (left) and counterfeit caterpillar fungus. Photo: Dickson Lee

Caterpillar fungus, more valuable by weight than gold and famous for its extensive medicinal use in China for thousands of years, is vanishing and may not be available in 10 years' time, according to a recent study supported by the National Geographic Society.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 10:20am

No house, no money, but tough teen shoulders family burdens

Dangqiu Lamao, her hair in a neat, long braid, has a quiet, patient demeanour rare in most 15-year-old girls.

Her calm nature is even more unusual considering Dangqiu's life.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Samples of caterpillar fungus from markets of poor quality, tests show

Some of the Chinese caterpillar fungus sold in local markets for use as a medicinal herb does not deserve its high price, a university study finds.

Chinese University tested 15 samples of caterpillar fungus and 10 capsule products collected from shops in Sheung Wan, Kowloon and the New Territories last month.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Medicinal fungus close to extinction

A caterpillar fungus prized for its medicinal properties is facing extinction because of over-harvesting and damage to its habitat, Xinhua reported yesterday, citing a scientist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Villagers killed in clash over medicinal fungus

At least six people were killed and more than 100 injured in an armed conflict between two Tibetan groups over the right to collect a valuable medicinal ingredient in Sichuan , a rights group and local people said yesterday.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Man, 74, jailed for fungus theft

A 74-YEAR-OLD man who stole $11,000 worth of herbal medicine was jailed for four months yesterday.

Tai Tong pleaded guilty in Western Court to stealing 27 packets of Chinese Caterpillar Fungus from Hing Fat Hong in Des Voeux Road West on April 6.

Last September Tai received a four-month jail term suspended for two years for a similar offence.

9 Apr 1994 - 12:00am