Volume 12 Part 2 Article 29: Effect of Growth Regulators, Enzyme Inhibitors and Stimulatory Additives on the Vegetative Development and Fructification of Lentinus edodes

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 29
Year 1989
Title: Effect of Growth Regulators, Enzyme Inhibitors and Stimulatory Additives on the Vegetative Development and Fructification of Lentinus edodes
Authors: Y.H. Tan and S.T. Chang

Abstract:

Lentinus edodes (Berk.) Sing, is the second most important cultivated mushroom in the world. The production of 234.436 metric tons (fresh weight) of this shiitake mushroom in 1983-1984 equalled the total production of all the other edible species combined excluding Agaricus bisporus. Although most shiitake are produced by the traditional method of inoculation of certain hardwood logs (mainly from the Fagaceae family) with mycelium, there are now many farms in Mainland China, the U.S.A., Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand cultivating shiitake on supplemented sawdust contained in polypropylene (plastic) bags. The traditional method requires 6-9 months for fruit bodies to appear but a spawn-run period of less than two months suffices to obtain the first flush on artificial logs. A greater biological efficiency is obtained however with a spawnrun twice as long (Royse, 1985).

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