The cultivation technology of the medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lucidum commonly called as Reishi mushroom has been standardized on locally available substrates. The flow chart of the technology is as follows.
(Mixture of wet sawdust and rice bran)
Fill one Kg wet substrate (65% moisture) to Polypropylene bags, plug with non-absorbent cotton
Sterilization of the substrate (121°C, 15 lb pressure for 60-90 minutes in autoclave)
Cool the bags to room temperature
Spawning (Aseptically, 5% of wet substrate)
Spawn running in dark room (28-30°C, 25-35 days)
Initial spawn running
Open the bags and shift to cropping room (28-35°C, 80-85% R.H, Light, cross ventilation)
Pinhead initiation (10-15 days after opening)
Fruit body expansion (kidney shaped, reddish to brown in color, 15-20 days)
Harvesting (When the white color of the growing edge just disappears)
Sold in various forms of dry mushroom, mushroom powder and products
Services offered by the mushroom lab, IIHR
- Spawn of commercial varieties of Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus species), Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica), Shirotamogitake (Hypsizygous ulmarius) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) can be procured in person on prior order basis.
- Regular training courses are offered on Mushroom seed production and Mushroom cultivation technology separately.
- Literature – Mushroom cultivation Bulletin, folders on mushroom cultivation.
Further details: Director, IIHR, Hessaraghatta lake post, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore-560089, E-mail: [email protected]