Product: Process for cultivation of button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus)
Application: Culinary preparations.
Feature: : It is a temperate variety cultivated on compost in a dark room at temperature 15-18oC and humidity around 95%. For this, the compost made of wheat/paddy straw along with other nutrients is filled in the wooden trays and planted with mushroom seed, called ‘spawn’. It takes 30-35 days for mushroom to pop up. These fungal fruit bodies appear in flushes, which are harvested when buttons are tightly closed. An average yield of 10 kg mushroom/m2 of tray area is obtained in a cropping cycle of 8-10 weeks.
Commercialisation: Several cottage scale units working in rural areas.
Economy: 25 kg/day.
Investment: Rs. 0.4 lakh.
Equipment: Straw chopper.
Raw materials: Spawn, wheat/paddy straw, wooden trays, chemicals.
Institute: Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu
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