Volume 12 Part 2 Article 4: Some Studies on Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) on the Waste Material of Corn Industry in Pakistan

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 4
Year 1989
Title: Some Studies on Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) on the Waste Material of Corn Industry in Pakistan
Authors: S.M. Khan and I.A. Chaudhary

Abstract:

Parallaxing to the noxious notion of fungi there are some exceptions of beneficial fungi. Mushroom has been a gourmending dish of man since the ancient times. Moreover its medicinal and nutritional status is indicative of its capacity to minimize protein gap.

Most of the edible fungi have strong enzyme system and are capable of utilizing complex organic compounds which occur as agricultural wastes and industrial by-product. These can be used as bedding material for mushroom cultivation. In Pakistan, we have 11, 3.4, 7.027 and 1.017 million tons of wheat straw, paddy straw, cotton waste, and corn industry waste respectively which can be converted into useful biomass with a protein content up to 47.9 % by growing oyster mushroom which is a profitable business. According to a conservative estimate if half of the quantity of these wastes are used as bedding material, we can produce 2.5 million of oyster mushroom annually. The present research is to exploit the utilization of corn industrial wastes and by-products for the cultivation of oyster mushroom.

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