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Cultivation of Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica)

Cultivation of Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica)
Application / Use: Can be grown indoors on pasteurized paddy straw
Input Needed: Paddy straw and casing soil. The other inputs will depend on the scale and technique of cultivation used.
Output Capacity: Approximately 100-130 kg of fresh mushroom can be produced in 1000 cubic feet volume (Room 10x10x10ft size). This amount to approximately 2.5-3.25kg of protein per 1000 cubic ft. 6 crops can be taken per annum. Production per annum will be approximately 600-780kg of fresh mushrooms from the mentioned room size.
Specific Benefits: Additional nutrition, income, employment generation and organic manure production.
Unit Cost: Rs. 10-15 per kg depending on the place
Description: Milky mushroom is an edible mushroom which can be easily grown either for commercial purpose or for home consumption. It is the first indigenous variety of mushroom to be commercialized. It is the first truly tropical mushroom which can be cultivated in the tropical temperature regime of 30-40°C. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and vitamins (especially Vitamin B). Its high fiber content makes it excellent for stomach related ailments. The average biological efficiency can be 60-90%. It has excellent shelf life as compared to oyster or button mushrooms. Its spore content is very low hence does not cause respiratory allergy problem as the presently grown oyster species.
Developed By: Dr. Meera Pandey, Dr.S.S.Veena
Contact Person: Director, IIHR, Hessaraghatta lake post, Bangalore-560089, Telephone-080- 28466353 Fax-28466291, E-mail: director@iihr.ernet.in
Institute: IIHR, Bangalore