NO WASTE IN MUSA SPECIES: THE USE OF BANANA AND PLANTAIN LEAVES IN THE PRODUCTION OF EDIBLE MUSHROOMS
In most parts of the world, production of Musa species (banana and plantain) gives rise to large quantities of leaves and pseudostems which at times constitute a major challenge as waste especially after bunch harvest. These agricultural wastes are usually left in-situ to decay. In an attempt to make value of this waste, an investigation was carried out using dry leaves of some Musa species (Agbagba plantain, Fugamor banana and cooking banana) as growth medium in the cultivation of two edible mushrooms (Pleurotus pulmonarius and Pleurotus ostreatus). Non-functional leaves of these Musa spp. were collected in the Musa orchard of NIHORT. They were separately shredded, soaked, bagged and sterilized with each treatment bag containing 300 g of the leaf litters. These bags were topically spawned with the two Pleurotus species. All Musa species supported the growth of mushrooms with higher yields for P. pulmonarius than P. ostreatus. However, when considering some growth parameters of mushroom (mycelia extension, production efficiency, biological efficiency), it was observed that Fugamor gave better performance than plantain. This paper further discusses the additional monetary income that may be accrued to Musa farmers who may wish to engage in the production of mushroom.
Idowu, O.O. and Akinyemi, S.O.S. (2013). NO WASTE IN MUSA SPECIES: THE USE OF BANANA AND PLANTAIN LEAVES IN THE PRODUCTION OF EDIBLE MUSHROOMS. Acta Hortic. 1007, 589-595
oyster mushroom, Pleurotus pulmonarius, Pleurotus ostreatus, value addition