Original Articles

Economical alternatives for topogenous peat as casing material in the cultivation of Agaricus bisporus in South Africa

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 6, issue 2, 1989 , pages: 129–135
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.1989.10634496
Author(s): A. EickerDepartment of Botany, Republic of South Africa, Martmari van GreuningDepartment of Botany, Republic of South Africa

Abstract

Sphagnum peat moss is used in most countries as a casing material in the cultivation of Agaricus bisporus. Since South Africa has no peat moss, suitable substitutes for it have to be found. Nine potential materials were screened as casing media of which topogenous peat, paper pulp and spent compost gave encouraging results and were further investigated. Apart from mushroom production, various physical, chemical and microbiological properties of the substrates were compared. Weathered spent compost and topogenous peat gave the highest mushroom yields.

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