Contents: Preface. 1. Mushroom cultivation and processing. 2. Mushroom growing and cultivation. 3. Technology of Mushroom cultivation. 4. Mushroom cultivation and marketing. 5. Environmental Protection in the Mushroom farm community. 6. Agaricus Mushroom growing: basic procedures. 7. Floriculture, mushroom culture and hydroponics. 8. Garbage composting for mushroom production. 9. Cultivation of agaricus bisporus on some compost formulas and locally available casing materials. 10. Mushroom cultivation on coffee pulp. 11. Post-harvest management of Mushrooms. 12. Mushroom buyers: a segmentation analysis. 13. Diseases of mushrooms. 14. Development of nutriceutical based on edible mushrooms. 15. Small scale mushroom cultivation. 16. Mushrooms: the vegetable of the future. Bibliography. Index.
Small-scale mushroom production represents an opportunity for farmers interested in an additional enterprise and is a speciality option for farmers without much land. This publication is designed for market gardeners who want to incorporate mushrooms into their systems and for those farmers who want to incorporate mushrooms into their systems and for those farmers who want to use mushroom cultivation as a way to extract value from woodlot thinnings and other "waste" materials. Mushroom production can play an important role in managing farm organic wastes when agricultural and food processing by-products are used growing media for edible fungi. (jacket)