Volume 12 Part 2 Article 7: Effect of Temperature on Mycelial Growth of Pleurotus Species and Their Yield Performance on Selected Substrates

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 7
Year 1989
Title: Effect of Temperature on Mycelial Growth of Pleurotus Species and Their Yield Performance on Selected Substrates
Authors: H.S. Sohi and R.C Upadhyay

Abstract:

Commercial cultivation of Agaricus bisporus (white button mushroom) has become popular m hilly regions of Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states in India during the last two decades. It is also grown in north Indian plains (Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh) during winter months. Because of its low temperature requirement (16-18°C) during cropping, the cultivation can not be extended to other areas. It is still not consumed by common man because of high cost. There is need to popularise the cultivation of other edible mushrooms which can be produced at a cheaper cost m tropical and sub-tropical regions of the country under natural conditions. There is vast potential for the cultivation of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) as it grows luxuriantly on various cellulolytic waste materials which are available in plenty. The desired temperature (20-30°C) is also prevalent in large areas and the technology involved is simple and low cost. Keeping these objectives in view detailed studies were carried out and the results are presented.

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