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Role of various supplementary materials with cotton waste substrate for production of Pleurotus ostreatus an oyster mushroom

Nasir Ahmad Khan, Afshan Amjad, Rana Binyamin, Abdul Rehman and Osama Bin Abdul Hafeez

Pleurotusostreatus exhibit a lot of medicinal properties and mostly grown on different residual waste material in Asia. In past mushroom mostly grown on agricultural waste, but now a day to improve the composition of substrate different supplementary materials are used. Current study based on the impact of various supplementary materials on production of oyster mushroom. Cotton waste supplemented with 5 percent of wheat bran, rice bran, and gram flour was evaluated for spawn running, yield performance and biological efficiency of Pleurotusostreatus. Supplements have significant effect on spawn running, yield performance and biological efficiency. Wheat bran gave best results followed by rice bran and gram flour. Supplements improve the nutritional status of cotton waste substrate which resulted in better mushroom growth. Cotton is an important crop of Asia, so current research is a valuable contribution for utilization of its waste material in an efficient manner with addition of supplements to it. These outcomes will be helpful for further optimizing the best combination of cotton waste substrate with supplements.

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