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close this bookBioconversion of Organic Residues for Rural Communities (UNU, 1979)
close this folderMushroom production technology for rural development
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View the documentMaterials and methods for growing mushrooms under natural or field conditions
View the documentGrowing mushrooms under semicontrolled conditions
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Discussion summary

Regarding mushroom production, what impact does it have on use of village residues, and what happens to the spent straw? One community exhausted its straw supply in three months. The spent straw was decomposed to the extent of about 40 per cent, and it was recommended that it be composed. Its possible use for biogas production is now being studied.

Spent straw has not been used as feed for ruminants, but residual mycelium can be extracted with coconut water and used as a food. In India, preliminary results on using spent straw as a ruminant feed are promising