Volume 12 Part 2 Article 15: Some Studies on the Cultivation of Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) on Ligno-Cellulosic By-Products of Textile Industry

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 15
Year 1989
Title: Some Studies on the Cultivation of Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) on Ligno-Cellulosic By-Products of Textile Industry
Authors: S.M. Khan and M.A. Siddiqui

Abstract:

Man is acquainted with fungi since ancient time. It was generally considered to case enormous losses to man, animals and field crops. But some of these are benificial for human beings. Out of the beneficial fungi mushrooms are more familiar to us due to medicinal and culinary use. Now it’s a carfax time where man and science run side by side for the production of food.

A considerable amount of land produce remains unused as waste (Zadrazil, 1978). In India amount of such cellulosic waste is about 25 million tons (Ghose and Gosh, 1978), it poses problems of disposal by cultivating suitable mushrooms. These wastes can well utilized, recycled and the environment may be less endangered by pollution (Hayes, 1979). The edible mushrooms Pleurotus spp. are well suited for such use. In Pakistan there are 160 textile mills which are at the time consuming 471 tones of cotton, yielding 61.3 tons of cotton waste. The suitability of these waste materials for the cultivation of Pleurotus spp. have been investigated.

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