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Development of new cultivation technology for straw mushroom (Volvariella

By Symposium Author | January 18, 2008

Paddy straw mushroom (Volvariella volvacea) is an edible mushroom variety which can be cultivated under tropical and sub tropical conditions. In Sri Lanka, though the majority of farmers grow oyster mushroom they are willing to undertake other mushroom types, including straw mushroom and milky mushroom. Straw mushroom cultivation is highly rewarding because of the favourable climatic conditions in Sri Lanka and the abundant availability of raw materials. The existing outdoor method for straw mushroom cultivation introduced by the Department of Agriculture (DOA) gives low or/and irregular yield. As the optimum environmental conditions are crucial in straw mushroom production, an indoor cultivation method using a polythene house was tested with the existing outdoor method. Cotton waste and paddy straw were used as the growing media in both outdoor and indoor conditions under four treatments viz. paddy straw compost in polythene house (T1), cotton waste compost in polythene house (T2), paddy straw in outdoor environment (T3) and cotton waste in outdoor environment (T4), arranged in a Completely Randomized Design with three replicates. The results revealed that,the indoor cultivation method with cotton waste compost substrate (T1) gave significantly higher values for average yield (6901.18 kg/ha) and average marketable yield (6489 kg/ha) compared to other treatments. Outdoor culture in straw substrate (T3) resulted lowest values for the same yield parameters (567.13 kg/ha, 516.31 kg/ha, respectively). Indoor cultivation method with paddy straw compost and cotton waste compost both resulted higher yields when compared to the outdoor culture. As paddy straw is freely available in Sri Lanka, combining of paddy straw compost and cotton waste compost as the substrate for straw mushroom culture under indoor conditions would be more profitable.

A S Nissanka1, P Rajapakshe2 and R H M K Ratnayake1
1Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
2Regional Agricultural Research and Development Centre, Gonawila, Sri Lanka

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83 Responses to “Development of new cultivation technology for straw mushroom (Volvariella”

  1. T.Vedamanickam Says:
    March 21st, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Dear Dewwanthi Karunarathna

    I was reading your article about mush room growing with great interest. Do you think it is possible for an individual to start the mushroom growing as anew project.

    T.Vedamanickam

  2. S Fernando Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Dear Ms Karunarathna

    I am interested in mushroom cultivation. Where ca I get the information on how to go about this? Plaese advice.

  3. sheril Says:
    June 4th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Mr karunaratne,
    I live in hatton. Iam really interested in growing mushroom where can i get some reading metirials (STUDY) about mushroom to start cultivation pls advice me

    thanking you.

  4. Coretta Says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    I was reading your published research findings with great interest. I am a final year student at the University of Guyana located at Turkeyen Greater Georgetown, Guyana, South America. For BSC research paper i am conducting a trial using Volvariella Volvaceae wc 439 on five different bed materials, of which paddy straw is one.
    I would like for you to make contact with me so that i can update you on what i am doing and for you also to offer some advise.
    Thank you
    Coretta.

  5. sajith Says:
    July 12th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    hi all

    if anybody is interested in growing mushrooms in polybags using saw dust as the substrate you may contact ‘the mushroom development & training centre’ which is a project sponsored by SRI LANKA EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD. they conduct workshops on mushroom cultivation and produce spawns of good quality.

    please contact:

    project manager
    mushroom development & training centre
    raja mawatha
    rathmalana

    phone : 011=2725471

    good luck

  6. samudra rangajeewa jayatunga Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    i want to grow strew mushroom,im cultivate the oyster and abalone as buisnes presently.

  7. sunil ku pattanaik Says:
    August 24th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you for your kind co opretion sir.I am interested to know the higher production cultivation system of straw mushroom indoor cultivation method in straw compost along with improve culture

  8. Chaminda Perera Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I assited one project in Ampara on cultivation of mushroom – in very remote village affected by tsunami and conflict/ WAR – “KANDAHINDAGAMA”.

    WE FACED LOTS OF PROBLEMS WITH CLIMATIC FACTORS IN AMPARA. BUT STILL 50% of the beneficiries ARE SMOOTHLY RUNNING AS A ENTREPRISE. WE USED SAW DUST.

    do we have any comments with saw dust Vs. Straw ?
    If anyone knows any information on this please provide. since we are going to conducted another project in tangale this information might useful.

    please conatct – Gannoruwa, HORDI 081-22-18-738
    or contact Dr. mis. Udugama.

    also visit http://www.agridept.gov.lk/HORDI/Pub_Abs/Udugama/Udugama.htm

    or contact http://www.agriconsultants.net

    thank you.

  9. hi all Says:
    October 22nd, 2008 at 9:14 am

    dear sir,
    i am interesting in mushroom cultivation, please help me.
    thank you
    sujan

  10. kasun perera Says:
    October 27th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    please can i know hw to grow mushroom.Is it suitable for individual business?

  11. Gayani Rubasinghe Says:
    November 15th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Dear sir,
    We are living very difficulty.Because I have 2 sisters & 1 sister is campus student & other sister is studying A/L .my father havent job & all they are living from my salary.It is not enough.So pls help me to start business.i think mush room is very good business.Pls help me to learn it.
    Thanks lot

  12. Krish Says:
    November 23rd, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Hi,
    I’m working in community development organization and planning to support(Financial & Technical) local community to involve in mushroom cultivation. Please suggest some technical readings and your comments regarding the mushroom cultivation.

    Looking for the suggestions.
    Thank you

  13. samantha Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I am a traineer that mushroom cultivations I would like to developed the production capacities of my customers. Hence I want following details

    We used wooden mediya
    What are the best wooden drugs
    what is the morst suitable polythine
    which is the more suitable quantities are mixed
    What and which quantities are any chemicals used without rice drugs

  14. alex musoke Says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    please supply us with spawn sources for strawmushrooms

  15. Shyama De Silva Says:
    April 30th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I’m a final year student of Sabaragamuwa University(Food Science & Technology) & want to purchase 3 varities of mushroom for my research work.Pls if you can contact me such a producer. Oyster,abalone & straw mushrooms are enough me to do that. Thank you.

  16. Kumari Rajasekara Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hi,

    I am interested in growing mushroom in polybags using saw dust.Kindly provide me details.

    Thanks,
    Kumari

  17. Abeyesekera Says:
    May 24th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Hello,
    I am from Bandarawela.what is the nearest place for me to get information;instructions; about mushroom cultivation.if you can please send me some basic information via my mail,Because i am working at Thaleimannar as a SL Navy personal these days.

    Thanks a lot

  18. Adrian Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Hi,
    How could i start this mush room project in a small scale in colombo city. Is there a perticular type of mushroom and what method could i use and where could i find seeds. I heard there are seeds in Moratuwa.
    Pls. help,
    Thanks,

  19. DATHU MOHAN Says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 am

    We provide mushroom cultivation training(online video tutorial also),
    We provide mushroom spawn at the cheapest ever price.
    We provide the medium for cultivating mushroom at the cheapest ever price
    Please contact DATHU MOHAN : 09349085127 : CULTIVATINGMUSHROOM@GMAIL.COM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8wM7sL88w0

    Please reply soon whatever be the answer.

    NO NEED FOR paddy straw

  20. anuja kuruppu Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    if any one is interested in growing mushrooms (oyster – american / abalone)you can obtain information and purchase reliable spawns / participate in training programmes at Mushroom development and training center which is an Export Development Board of sri Lanka assisted project.

    contact:
    Mushroom development and training Center
    Raja Mawatha
    Ratmalana

    Tel : 011-2725471

  21. jabir Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    dear sir,
    i am interesting in mushroom cultivation, please help me.
    thank you
    my tp no 0727307306

  22. tshering Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    sir
    Please let me know more on procedure of strawmushroom cultivation and seed production

  23. Upul Harischandra Says:
    August 26th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I am a researcher and trader of mushroom.

  24. prasad mangala Says:
    September 10th, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Sir,
    I have mushroom farm. I want to take good price for my product by exporting or supplying for local market. I want to find buyers. Please help me.
    thank you.

  25. Nilusha Darshani Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I am working in SEEDS, and we have a Mushroom Resource Center in Kegalle which provide the total technical support with trainings, Business plan preparation, Mushroom Enterprise development,raw materials with good quality mushroom seeds (Oyster and Abalon)and making marketing linkages for the producers.
    Contact 077 2018876 – Nilusha

  26. ushan kumara Says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    sir
    Please let me know more on procedure of strawmushroom cultivation and seed production

  27. brian Jones Says:
    September 29th, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Hi

    I am interested in importing Sri Lankan oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) to the European union. Can any interested mushroom farmers please contact me for further information.

    Please contact me at: sasholdingsltd@googlemail.com

    Thanks

  28. may Says:
    September 30th, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Hi I need a continuous supply of dried whole mini oyster mushrooms (cap size 4-5cm) in 15 kg bags for export? Can anyone supply this?

    Please email may7667@yahoo.com

  29. uditha Samarasinghe Says:
    October 13th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I red your article, I too interest of starting a mushroom project and help me to sell my finish products.

  30. SYSTEM TEK(AGRO.) Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    we provide consultancy for mushroom production on commercial basis.

  31. madhura Says:
    October 23rd, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Dear Sir,

    I want to cultivate mushrooms as a individual business. Please send me some details regarding mushroom cultivation Ex. How to cultivate mushrooms, Mushroom Diseases etc.. I’m newcomer for cultivation field. Please Help Me. Thank you.

  32. waymyomyint Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Dear,
    I also want to grow straw mushroom.Please send me the growing methods.I am interesting it .
    please send to me necessary methods.

    thank you
    myo myint way
    (Myanmar)

  33. Priyantha Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I want to cultivate mushrooms as a individual business. Please send me some details regarding mushroom cultivation Ex. How to cultivate mushrooms, Mushroom Diseases etc.. Im newcomer for cultivation field. Please Help Me.

    Thank you.

  34. Nilusha Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Mushroom Resource Center which located in Kegalle has been transferred to the Kandy. The services are same as mentioned previuosly.

    Nilusha
    SEEDS Gte. Ltd

  35. savithri Says:
    January 15th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    i want information on paddy straw mushroom cultivatioin and annual income if u take on commercial basis

  36. suba Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I want to cultivate mushrooms as a individual business. Please send me some details regarding mushroom cultivation Ex. How to cultivate mushrooms, Mushroom Diseases etc.. Im newcomer for cultivation field. Please Help Me.

  37. lasantha Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I want to cultivate mushrooms as a individual business. Please send me some details regarding mushroom cultivation Ex. How to cultivate mushrooms, Mushroom Diseases etc..and how can find buying company Im newcomer for cultivation field. Please Help Me.

  38. priyanthi Says:
    March 3rd, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    i want to know about present status of mushroom cultivation in sri lanka. please help me.

  39. Anuruddha Thilina Wickramasinghe Says:
    March 10th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Dear Ms Karunarathna

    I am interested in mushroom cultivation. Where ca I get the information on how to go about this? Plaese advice.

    thanking you

  40. P.G.A. Silva Says:
    March 12th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I would like to start a new mushroom project at my home. Please help me.

  41. udana Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    we buy fresh & dried american oyster mushrooms
    thanks
    udana.
    0714 148077
    udana_1@hotmail.com

  42. BOBO Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    dear sar
    please help me indoor cultivation of straw mushroom

  43. haseeb Says:
    May 3rd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Please send me the details to start a mushroom cultivation project from my home level

  44. samudra Says:
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    how to grow straw mushroom

  45. Mr.A S Nissanka1 Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Dera Sir,
    I am interested in New Technology mushroom cultivation. How ca I get the information on how to go about this? Plaese advice.

  46. Chandani Says:
    September 11th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I am interested in growing mushroom. Form where can I get the information? Plaese advice.

  47. fathima Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I am interested in growing mushrooms in small account please advice me of how to get it done and also about the market in srilanka. thank you

  48. Tilak Dissanayake Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The research findings are impressive. can we used compressed saw dust blocks for the nursery? If so what are the recommended ingredients (such as saw dust, compost) that goes into the block in what portions?
    Can you also guide me on the best suited varieties that gives the best value for money invested, as I wish to turn on to mushroom cultivation after my retirement.

  49. chaminda Says:
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    iam growing american oysture mushroom in medium scale since 2002 and willing to expand.seek good buyer from kandy.(farm visit buyer)can supply up to 25kg or more per day. ple,reply with price,abalony also can supply…(HARITHA MUSHROOM.MADAWALA BAZAAR)

  50. kapila tennakoon Says:
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    please give me advice how to start mushroom in straw my mail takbtennakoon@gmail.com

  51. Christina Manathunga Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am

    please give me advice how to start mushroom. my mail Christinamanathunga@yahoo.com

  52. kaumadhi Says:
    December 16th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    i want to know about mushroom cultivation and what are matching species to srilanka.as i doing a project on it.
    i need to know how it will matching to entrepreneur and so if u can give a contact no can call and need to get some photos of mushrooms also.
    please it will be a great full help to my undergraduate life.

  53. Sarath Jayasinghe Says:
    January 1st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Dear Sir ,
    I need to do the mushroom culivation as frofetion,
    please provide me total advice to biggine the plantation.

    Thanking you,
    Yuer faithfully
    Sarath J

  54. chandims Says:
    January 28th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    i need mushroom culture new techniques

  55. Ruwan Says:
    January 29th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    We like start paddy straw mushroom cultivation.Please let us know where can we get the instructions and if possible to inspect a project.

    Thanks.

  56. crest foods Says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I am new for this mushroom cultivation.I have already start cultivation.I need find new methods of cultivation and good buyer for my products.
    Thanks

  57. kumare Says:
    February 9th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    mame awrudu 5 bimmal wawenewa good,,,hodete keloth digeteme keranne puluwan,,,

  58. Weerasinghe Says:
    April 4th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Currently I am in abroad. I also having a very goog interest to start mushroom cultivation commercially.I need to learn all about mushroom cultivation technically.I have gone through internet to learn. I would like to get in singala. Becuase Related vocabulary in english is difficult to understand.
    How can you help me.
    Thanks.

  59. ushan Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Please send me the details to start a mushroom cultivation project from my home level

  60. kapila chandana Says:
    July 6th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    please send me how to produce mushroom seeds

  61. danushka Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    pls advice via my mail how to cultivate and the market on mushroom

  62. padmini Says:
    September 13th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I want to know sale my mashroom stock at colombo.Please sent to male
    I am padmini
    pnadu.kankanamge@gmail.com

  63. Anoja, Kumudu& Rajapakse Says:
    September 13th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Please contact us for free advice for edible mushroom cultivation.
    0412240464

  64. Yin Minn Latt Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am Agronomist working at NGO. The project also include the cultivation of straw mushroom for the Home Gardening beneficiaries. The area is Dry Zone and water is scared, high pH. I have a plan to use rain water for cultivation.
    I would like to know that the soil quality can affect the yield.
    I had tried one trial in this area. First time of harvest got 2 kg and the small size of mushrooms still left. I apply water at that time. On the next days I haven’t found the mushroom.
    I have used cowdung, woven paper, chickpea husks and rice bran for cultivation. What’s the problem I have faced with. Please tell me your suggestions and guide line for me.

    Regards

  65. shara Says:
    October 23rd, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    i am cultivation mushroom ,American oister white,
    i need to sell mushrooms ,i can suply fresh and dry
    please contact me +94 757025082

  66. nandika sirinuwan Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Hello,arubowan all of you.

    I like to start mushroom cultivating project in my home aq.i know very something.i want more help,theory.if you have educational resourse about mushroom cultivating,plese send me from e-mail or other system.
    Thank you

  67. sudesh Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 am

    hi all,

    i need Suppliers,for export,have any one itersting ple.cuntact me,im live in EGYPT

  68. wimal Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I live in rathnapyura. I decided to start a mushroom cultivation. Please help me with istructions and technical details. thank you.

  69. MR.POND PLAINNOUIM Says:
    May 25th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hi, I’m the straw mushroom.
    In the experiment, and do it manually. So I want people to think.
    Or (for a futures market in 2013).

  70. chandika Says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I decided to start a mushroom cultivation. Please help me with instructions and with technical details. thank you.

  71. Nuwan Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Can you please tell me where I can purchase spwan in Sri Lanka..

  72. Darshana Says:
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Dear sir,
    I am interesting about the cultivation of mushroom as a newcomer. so i want to know about the how to get the starting and more detail about the mushroom.please help me to find the above details.
    thank you,
    Darshana

  73. B. S. Harischandra Says:
    September 4th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I am interesting about the cultivation of mushroom as a newcomer. so i want to know about the how to get the starting and more detail about the mushroom.please help me to find the above details.
    thank you,
    Harischandra

  74. NIROSHA Says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    CAN U PLS LET ME A KNOW HOW TO FIND OUT FIGURES OF MUSHROOM PRODUCTION,DEMAND AND SALES IN SRI LANKA

  75. R. Muthulingam Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I want to start Button or other mushroom small scale project in Kandy Pallekale area, and how to start and how can I get advice hel.
    thank you
    R. Muthulingam

  76. Vishva Says:
    December 8th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Dear all
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  77. Morayo Says:
    January 5th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I am really interested in cultivation of mushroom,Plshow could I start with this.Pls give me studies information.Bless you.Morayo

  78. Wimal Says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    We like start paddy straw mushroom cultivation.Please let us know where can we get the instructions and assistance

  79. Lilantha Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Hi,

    I am planning to buy a land in kegalle and use part of the land to cultivate mushrooms.

    I am looking to have institute or an individual to provide consultancy service to setup and help to run the operation.

    Interested parties, please forward your profile along with service proposal to finalise a suitable party.

    Regards

    Lilantha

  80. Kamila Says:
    May 28th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    please give me a contact to get information re mushroom cultivation and obtaining spawn in Kandy or Kurungala

  81. Muditha Says:
    June 2nd, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Dear Sir
    i’m interesting to growing the muchroom specially by straw. so please give me further information about straw mushroom.
    thank you

  82. Vempati S Says:
    June 14th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    hello,
    though we are not directly into mushroom farming, we have developed humidification cum heating devices of different sizes. we welcome interested individuals to contact us for our unique products which are efficient not only in energy saving but also in performance.
    regards
    Vempati S
    Sowbal Aerothermics
    info@sowbal.com

  83. thilak wanshanatha Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    we supply high quality mushroom spawns for cultivation (American Oyster & Abalone) BASIDIA-PRO mushroom spawn production & training centre, 1077/2, trincomalee street, matale. Tel. 0719401255

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