Volume 13 Part 2 Article 20: Cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum in Sawdust Bags

Volume 13 Part 2 Article 20
Year 1991
Title: Cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum in Sawdust Bags
Authors: S. Triratana, S. Thaithatgoon and M. Gawgla


Ganoderma lucidum, has been recognized among the Asians as a medicinal herb. The amount of wild Ganoderma is inadequate and its cultivation is essential to meet the demand. The techniques of cultivation have been developed and described. The mycelial growth and yield of G. lucidum in various kinds of sawdust and agricultural wastes were investigated. Pararubber (Hevea brasiliensis) sawdust provided better mycelial growth and fruiting than sawdust from deciduous plants including Dipterocarpus alatus, Pentacme suavis and Tectona grandis. Rice bran, ground corn and ground sorghum were good supplements compared to some other agricultural residues such as rice husk, coconut fiber, peanut hull and sugar cane bagasse. Experiments on fruiting were first performed in a laboratory scale followed by a pilot scale at a mushroom farm. The basidiocarp morphology and yield varied among the strains. The maximum weight of mushroom per weight of substrate was 7% and the biological efficiency was 17%.

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