Volume 12 Part 2 Article 1: Studies on Mineral Uptake by Ipohoea aquatica Treated with Saline Water and Translocation of These Minerals into the Fruit Body of Pleurotus sajor-caju

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 1
Year 1989
Title: Studies on Mineral Uptake by Ipohoea aquatica Treated with Saline Water and Translocation of These Minerals into the Fruit Body of Pleurotus sajor-caju
Authors: G.S. Gujral, S.K. Jain and P. Vasudevan

Abstract:

The use of aquatic weeds as a food source through cultivation of edible mushrooms has gained prominence in the recent past (Santiago, 1978; Gujral et al., 1986). Among mushrooms Pleurotus sajor-caju is the most easily cultivated species since it grows on a host of ligno-cellulose materials (NAS 1981; Bisana 1984). However, in using a variety of substrates, it is essential to study the possible contamination of mushrooms by toxic or undesirable substances present in the substrate. Considerable work has been done on the accumulation of heavy metals in the fruit bodies since fungi are known to bioaccumulate metals (Enke et. al., 1977, Bano et al., 1981, Tyler, 1980). Also since the technology of mushroom cultivation is encouraged among rural poor in the villages the quality of available water etc., may also have an indirect bearing on the final product i. e. edible mushroom. Hence the present work was taken up to study the effect of saline water on Pleurotus growth and analyse the mineral uptake from the treated substrate by the fruit bodies.

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