Volume 12 Part 2 Article 36: Cultivation of Edible Fungi on Coffee Grounds

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 36
Year 1989
Title: Cultivation of Edible Fungi on Coffee Grounds
Author: C. Thielke


In connection with special ecological questions several scientific programs were developed concerning the utilization of waste material. In tropical areas substrates such as rice straw, cotton waste, sugar cane waste, oil palm pericarps and others are successfully used mainly for fruiting of Volvanella volvacea (Yau and Chang, 1972; Chen and Graham, 1973; Chua, 1976).

As was demonstrated by Ofoso-Asiedu, Schmidt and Liese (1984) the same fungus is also able to use wood waste. According to references from Mueller and Gawley (1983) some Pleurotus species were cultivated in commection with pulp mill sludges.

In European countries some methods have been developed for home growers to cultivate edible saprophytic fungi on different – mostly cellulosic – substrates. Very common are cultures on wheat straw (Pleurotus, Strophana), wood and sawdust (Flammulina, Kuehneromyces). Even the Japanese Lentinus edodes can be harvested when grown on European trees or other materials (Kleinmann-Klar and Schwantes 1980).

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