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Title: Water hyacinth, an aquatic weed as a growth substrate for Pleurotus pulmonarius and Pleurotus tuberregium(Pt-Omon 13)
Authors: Osemwegie, O. O.
Akpaja, E.
Okhuoya, J. A.
Anedu, C.
Keywords: Aquatic weed
Pleurotus tuberregium (Pt – Omon 13)
Pleurotus pulmonarius
Water hyacinth
Environment friendly
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Nigerian Journal of Applied Science
Series/Report no.: 21;9-14
Abstract: Pleurotus tuberregium (Pt-Omon 13) and Pleurotus pulmonarius were cultivated using sun-dried, water hyacinth, a menacing aquatic weed, as substrate. High sporophore yield (dry weight) of 4.4 ± 1.04g per 100g substrate was recorded for Pleurotus tuberregium (Pt-Omon 13). The pilei are large with mean diameter of 3.46 ± 0.34cm and stipe height of 7.73 ± 0.61cm. Pleurotus pulmonarius was observed to have an average fresh weight of 17.53 ± 4.8g per 100g of substrate and a biological efficiency of 11.45 ± 2.8%. This research offers an environment friendly solution to the problems of noxious water hyacinth and its spread in Africa. It also encourages its use as an alternative business resource and substrate for mushroom cultivation.
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