Volume 12 Part 2 Article 81: A Scanning Electron Microscope Study of Troublesome Fungi in the Agaricus bisporus Mushroom Industry

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 81
Year 1989
Title: A Scanning Electron Microscope Study of Troublesome Fungi in the Agaricus bisporus Mushroom Industry
Authors: A. Eicker, M. Smit and P.J. Wuest

Abstract:

A comprehensive study is made of the taxonomy, morphology, physiology, etiology and general biology of pathogenic fungi and weed moulds of the cultivated, two-spored agaric, Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Singer. Fletcher (1987) defined weed moulds as those fungi that are not pathogens of the mushroom, but are present in crops following a deviation from normal in the process of compost preparation. In the current study all weed moulds and pathogens are considered troublesome fungi and studied as such. As part of this project the relevant species are studied with the aid of light and scanning electron microscopy. The use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) is an invaluable aid in determining the identity of these fungi. This will hopefully achieve a better understanding of their general biology, without which the ultimate control of these fungi is impossible.

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