Volume 10 Part 2 Article 49: Some Aspects on the Cultivation of Pleurotus flabellatus in India

Volume 10 Part 2 Article 49
Year 1979
Title: Some Aspects on the Cultivation of Pleurotus flabellatus in India
Authors: Z. Bano, S. Rajara Thnam and N. Nagaraja


Pleurotus flabellatus, a white variety of mushroom is becoming popular in this part of our country. It is similar in its habit and habitat to other species of genus Pleurotus. The shape of the sporophore is like that of an oyster shell in the early stages of its growth with incurved margins which later on looks like a fan with eccentric stalk and lamellae extending far down the foot (decurrent). This mushroom is a saprophyte and grows on’decaying trunks and stumps of various plants namely ficus, mango and moringa etc. during the rainy season.

Several workers have grown Pleurotus species successfully under artificial conditions (Block et al., 1959; Kaul and Janardhanan, 1970; Jandaik and Kapoor, 1974; Zadrazil, 1974; Delmas and Llaborde 1974; Kalberer, 1974). ZADRAZ-I L has cultivated P. florida, P. ostreatus and P. eryngii in cylindrical containers of self supporting construction successfully (1~74). Pleurotus flabellatus has also been grown successfully, as per methods developed at Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore (Zakia and Srivastava, 1963; Zakia and Nagaraja, 1976).

Under the varied conditions of temperature and relative humidity and with and without the supplementation of cotton seed or horse gram powder to the mushroom beds after the spawn run, the yield pattern of P. flabellatus in perforated polyethylene bags and cylindrical beds has been studied and described in this communication.

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