Volume 12 Part 2 Article 14
Title: Use of Geothermal Energy for Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms and Studies of Some Pathogens Affecting the Yield of Pleurotus sajor-caju (Fr.) Singer.
Author: B.B. Ivanovich
For understanding of the subject, an outline of the Geothermal Energy resources and GE applications is necessary. As the word GE implies, it is thermal energy which originates within the earth. The most notable forms of GE are either steam or hot water. The steam is generated by high temperature resources (Geysers fumaroles). The hot geothermal waters are generated by lower temperature resources such as hot water springs or artésien wells.
Under suitable geological circumstances a portion of this energy can be extracted and used by man. In fact, GE has been utilized in several countries for a variety of beneficial and economical purposes. For example, GE steam is used by geothermal power plants to generate electricity and GE waters is used for space heating and for a multitude of functions in chemical and agricultural operations. Commonly, the water is pumped through large radiators with attached fans to heat the buildings (green nurseries and mushroom houses); or it is used for culturing plants (hydroponics) or breeding animals (shrimp, fish) or in our case for processing the Oyster mushroom substrate. There is no doubt that the use of GE when available, has positive economic impact especially in agriculture, by lowering the heating and operational costs.Please login to download the PDF for this proceeding.