FEASABILITY OF MAIZE AND SORGHUM STALKS FOR MUSHROOM (PLEUROTUS FLORIDA) GROWINGP. HARIKRISHNA, R. LAKSHMI PATHY, R. SUBHASH REDDY AND J. SAIPRASAD
A Mushroom production experiment was conducted in post harvest technology center, Agriculture College, Bapatla, to study the feasibility of maize and sorghum stalks for mushroom growing. The experiment was under taken with three cereals paddy, maize and sorghum. The experiment was conducted using these stalks as treatments with following combinations, 100% maize straw, 100% sorghum straw, 100% paddy straw, 50% maize straw + 50% paddy straw, 50% sorghum straw + 50% paddy straw, 50% maze straw+ 50% sorghum straw with three replications. The result obtained with regard to the effect on mushroom yield and bio- efficiency and protein content of mushroom. The highest oyster mushroom yield (428.14 g.) and bio-efficiency (85.6%) were recorded in the beds with 100% paddy straw. It was concluded that after harvest of the cobs, lot of biomass will be left over and farmers have the practice of burning it in the field itself. Instead, it can be utilized for mushroom cultivation as showed that maize stalks and sorghum stalks also feasible for mushroom cultivation.
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