Volume 19 Part 1 Article 122
Title: Suitability of Pink Oyster Mushroom for Rainy Season Cultivation in the Below Mean Sea Level Tracts of Kuttanad
Author: Reeny Mary Zacharia, Dhanya Das, Suma Divakar, Thomas George, S. Leenakumary
Kuttanad is a special agro ecological zone comprising of the water logged lands spread over 69 panchayaths of Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala state, India. Large area of this land is below, at, or just above mean sea level. Usually the large quantity of straw produced after harvest is left for soil incorporation. A viable alternative for recycling of agro waste into protein rich food is mushroom cultivation. Hence, the present study was envisaged with a view to evaluate mushroom types best suited for cultivation in Kuttanad during rainy season based on Participatory Technology Development (PTD) and nutrient analysis, since no previous work has been conducted so far in this regard. Varieties like Pleurotus florida, Pleurotus eous, Hypsizygus sp., Pleurotus sajor-caju and Calocybae indica were used. 10 mushroom farmers from Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts were selected. The experiment was laid out in Complete Randomised Design with three treatments and six replications under natural conditions. Common observations were recorded.