Volume 12 Part 2 Article 30: Effects of Some Environmental Factors on Morphology and Yield of Lentinus edodes (Berk.) Sing.

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 30
Year 1989
Title: Effects of Some Environmental Factors on Morphology and Yield of Lentinus edodes (Berk.) Sing.
Authors: S. Triratana and T. Tantikanjana


Lentinus edodes has been popularly consumed mostly by Asians, and the desnand for it has increased each year (Miles and Chang, 1985). In Thailand, Shiitake has been cultivated for many years (Nutalaya and Pataragetvit, 1981), yet its supply has never matched the demand of consumers, due to inadequate logwoods, and the tropical conditions. At present, there has been an increase of interest in grcwing the mushrocm on sawdust. This interest tends to accumulate in the eastern part of the world from which many research findings have been generated (Han et al., 1981; Chu-Chou, 1984; Triratana and Ruksatul, 1984). Seme studies focus on such environmental factors as light and temperature (Kccnatsu, 1963; Ando, 1974; Ishikawa, 1967; Leatham, 1979; Han et al., 1981; Tdkimoto and Kanatsu, 1982; Ohira, 1984). These factors are very iirportant to the mushroan’s growth and fruiting. Despite all the atbempts, the information available is rather limited in scope and, therefore, not applicable to all strains. It is essential to knew about the requirements of certain strains of L. edodes in order to develop suitable environmental conditions for than and in order to achieve their best production.

The main aim of this experiment is to determine, in terms of yield, shape and color, the effects of light and tençerature on the select sawdust-favored strains of L. edodes and results of the study should be applicable to Thailand and other tropical countries for mass cultivation of this mushroom.

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