Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 1, Issue 1,2003
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Characterization of different substrates for possible use as casing in mushroom cultivation


Arturo Pardo 1, J. Arturo de Juan 2, J. Emilio Pardo 2*

Recieved Date: 2002-09-02, Accepted Date: 2003-01-08


In this study we describe the principal physical, chemical and biological characteristics of different materials and mixtures for possible use as casing in mushroom cultivation. Besides the base of mineral soil used for the preparation of the mixtures, we have analysed different substrates for use as structural correctors and as water holding agents. The suitability of alternative materials to the traditionally used peat is confirmed, coconut coir being the best because of its high porosity and water holding capacity. As regards the mixtures, their characteristics are in accordance with the components included and conditioned by the characteristics of the soil used. Subsequent evaluation of these mixtures for mushroom cultivation would be of great interest.


Agaricus bisporus, fructification, casing materials, analysis

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2003
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 107-114

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