Development of new cultivation technology for straw mushroom (Volvariella

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

83 thoughts on “Development of new cultivation technology for straw mushroom (Volvariella

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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  8. 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

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

  10. 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).

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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

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

  17. 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

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

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

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