EVALUATION OF LOCALLY AVAILABLE SUBSTRATES FOR SPAWNPRODUCTION OF PINK PLEUROTUS [PLEUROTUSDJAMOR(RUMPH. EX. FR.) BOEDIJN] MUSHROOMShazia Paswal, 1Sardar Singh Kakraliya, Dechan Choskit, Tariq Iqbal and Seethiya Mahajan
The study was conducted to evaluate different substrates for spawn production of Pink Pleurotus. Amongthe five commonly available substrates viz., barley grains, dried pea grains, maize de-shelled-cob, maizegrains and wheat grains were evaluated for their suitability for spawn production of âPink Pleurotusâ,barley and maize grains proved more efficient substrates with regards to spawn run, spawn weight, spawncolour, spawn texture and spawn pH. The spawn run in barley and maize grains was completed in 6.90days and 7.20 days, respectively as compared to 8.00 days in wheat grains (check). Barley grains resulted inhighest spawn weight (30.30g) followed by maize grains (28.00g). The spawn weight in other substrateswas significantly lower than the check (27.40g). The spawn weight in maize de-shelled cob and dried peagrains was 22.40 and 20.30 g, respectively. The spawn colour and textures on different substrate showedslight variation and while the spawn colour ranged from âDelicate Pinkâ to âGrace full Pinkâ, spawn textureranged from âCreepyâ to âFluffyâ. âDelicate Pinkâ coloured spawn was recorded on maize de-shelled cobwith âCreepyâ spawn texture while spawn colour on dried pea grains was âMerrie Pink with âCottonyâtexture. Spawn colour on all other substrates viz., wheat grains, barley grains and maize grains, was âGraceFull Pinkâ with âFluffyâ texture. The spawn smell on all the substrates was pleasant.