International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 5 Issue 2 2014- September 2014    Pages: 236-242  <<Previous    Next>>

Making mushroom production process a zero waste enterprise

Author Information:

Pandey Meera1, Senthil Kumaran, G2, Vasudeo, G3
1- Principal Scientist, Mushroom Research lab
2- Senior Principal Scientist, Section of Agric. Engineering, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore-560089, India
3- Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra-NARDEP, Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari – 629702, India


Mushroom production is an eco- friendly technology which utilizes and recycles agro wastes for the production of nutritive and medicinal mushrooms. Another significant aspect of mushroom cultivation is using the biota in creating a pollution-free environment. Indirectly, mushroom cultivation also provides opportunities for improving the sustainability of small farming systems through the recycling of organic matter, which can be used as a growing substrate. The aim of the present investigation was to make mushroom technology a zero waste technology through the utilization of the wastes generated during mushroom spawn production process for biogas production and the spent mushroom substrate (SMS) generated during mushroom cultivation process for the on farm multiplication of the bioagent Trichoderma harzianum which is extensively used in Biological control of many plant diseases. Thus, this study helps to make mushroom technology as one of the most befitting green technologies for effective agrowaste management and a zero waste enterprise.

Keywords: Biogas, SMS, Spawn, Trichoderma harzianum, Zero waste


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