The Benefits Of Mushrooms

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INTRODUCTION People have harvested mushrooms from the wild for thousands of years for food and medicines. Mushrooms are fleshy fruiting bodies (Alexopoulos et al., 1996) that are considered one of the delicious fruits, and are commonly produced worldwide (Madbouly and Al-Hussainy, 1996). The cultivation of edible mushrooms is a world wide important commercial activity (Chang, 2000). Several aspects have con-tributed to the development of this activity: (1) the raw materials used are waste from agribusiness that have little commercial value and are easy to acquire (Rajarathnam and Bano, 1991), (2) the product obtained has a visually attractive appearance, pleasant taste and a high quality protein which provides much of the essential aminoacids to the diet (Chang, 1991), (3) some species can be grown with relatively simple technology and low investment. Mushrooms can play an important role contributing to the livelihoods of rural and peri-urban dwellers, through food security and income generation. Mushrooms can make a valuable dietary addition through protein and various micronutrients and, coupled with their medicinal properties, mushroom cultivation can represent a valuable small-scale enterprise option. There has been 1,200 species of fungi that…show more content…
Fresh mushrooms were thoroughly washed with clean water, cut into pieces and air-dried. The part of edible mushrooms such as spore, stalk and cap were placed in the center of agar plate containing the optimized media. The petri dishes containing cultures were incubated at 30 °C for 7 days. Mycelial growth was evaluated by mycelial diameter for 7 days. All the experiments mentioned in this paper were carried out in

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