Volume 10 Part 2 Article 28: Physiology of Weed Mushrooms

Volume 10 Part 2 Article 28
Year 1979
Title: Physiology of Weed Mushrooms
Authors: H.S. Garcha, K.L. Kalra and G.M. Beg


Mushroom Research Laboratory of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India has evolved an effective schedule for the cultivation of temperate and tropical mushroom (Garcha, 1976) under physical conditions of the State and adjoining areas. The cultivation of both these mushrooms consists of different steps like composting, spawning, casing and cropping for the temperate mushroom and processing of uncut paddy straw, spawning and cropping in case of tropical mushroom. Weed mushrooms appear during different stages of artificial cultivation of edible mushrooms (temperate and tropical mushroom). Coprinus comatus has been found to grow in the compost if it contains ammonia at the time of spawning of temperate mushroom. However, C. comatus and C. lagopus appear during cultivation of tropical mushroom on wet paddy straw beds used for its culture. These organisms, Singer (1961) influence the yield of mushroom crop from insignificant to highly damaging. These Coprinus species have been recorded, identified and nutritionally studied and are described in the present paper.

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