Volume 19 Part 1 Article 111
Title: A Genomic Approach to Understanding and Improving Mushroom Compost Utilisation
Author: Keith Dunne, Martin-Timothy O`Donoghue, Helen Grogan, Kerry Burton and Mary Heneghan
Agaricus bisporus (common button mushroom) has an annual global value of over $4.7 billion (Eastwood et al, 2015) with a domestic farmgate value of €120 million, making it Ireland’s largest horticultural sector. However, significant profits are lost due to A. bisprous failure to fully utilise the compost it is grown on. The overall objective of this research is to identify potential means of improving mushroom yields, particularly addressing the issues at the third flush through improved compost utilisation and strain selection.