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Cultivation of Pleurotus pulmonarius on substrates treated by immersion in alkaline water in Guerrero, Mexico

Author(s): T. Bernabé-González | M. Cayetano-Catarino

Journal: Micología Aplicada Internacional
ISSN 1534-2581

Volume: 21;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Pleurotus pulmonarius was cultivated on dry banana leaves (Musa paradisiaca) or dry "palmareca" leaves (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), using two substrate treatments. Substrates were immersed in water containing 2% lime for 24 h and used for mushroom cultivation, in comparison with the method of immersing substrates in hot water at ±80 C for 1 h. The highest mushroom production was obtained on banana leaves immersed in alkaline water, reaching 120.1% of biological efficiency in a period of 61 days. Biological efficiency in the other treatments varied between 41.4-81.2%. Substrates and treatments studied are suitable for low-cost and small-scale production of oyster mushrooms.

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