Volume 19 Part 1 Article 167: Assessment of cultivation and quality parameters for exotic mushrooms production on olive residues and wastes

Volume 19 Part 1 Article 167
Year 2016
Title: Assessment of cultivation and quality parameters for exotic mushrooms production on olive residues and wastes
Author: G. Koutrotsios, K. Mountzouris and G. I. Zervakis

Abstract:
The cultivation of olive trees and the olive-oil industry generate huge quantities of by-products which pose significant problems as regards their environmentally-acceptable handling and disposal. Various microorganisms have been tested for their biodegradation, including white rot fungi with promising results1,2. However, a very limited amount of information is available on the use of such materials as substrates for mushroom production3.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the suitability of olive tree pruning residues (OLPR, including wood and leaves) and two-phase olive mill waste (TPOMW) for the cultivation of Agrocybe cylindracea, Hericium erinaceus and Pleurotus ostreatus, and to examine their possible effects on selected dietetic properties of the mushrooms produced.

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